Summary: Christmas is God final dealing with mankind.
Text: Galatians 4:1-7
Proportional Statement: Christmas is the final hope of a lost world.
1.Christmas is when God sent forth His Son into the world, Gal 4:4
a.God’s birth into the world
b.God’s expression in Jesus
c.God’s final dealing with man
2.Christmas is when God sent forth His Spirit of His Son into our hearts, Gal 4:6
a.Sons of God – God’s birth in believers
b.Heirs of God – God’s expression in believers
c.Messengers of God – God’s final ambassadors to man
According to a legend Satan and his demons were having a Christmas party. As the demonic guests were departing, one grinned and said to Satan, “Merry Christmas, your majesty.” At that, Satan replied with a growl, “Yes, keep it merry. If they ever get serious about it, we’ll all be in trouble.”
The real problem is we are not serious about Christmas. We call that a Christmas tree. We sing Christmas carols. We give out Christmas cards and buy Christmas gifts. How much of these is really Christmas?
I went to a shop to buy some shampoo yesterday. After giving the change to me, the sale person at the counter said, “Merry Christmas”. I thought to myself, “Does she know the meaning of Christmas?”
The word Christmas in Mandarin is literal. It means ‘holy birth’. Christmas is about the birth of the Son of God.
The meaning of Christmas, like many festivals, gets eroded overtime. People remembers the feasting and the celebration BUT the meanings and stories of the festivals. How many of us know the original story behind the “Bak Chang (Rice Dumpling)” or “U-Chia Kuey (Fritter)” or the “ti kuey (sticky cake)”. What has Santa Claus to do with Christmas? In Mandarin, the word for Santa Claus means the old man of the holy birth.
Apart from the commercial values, the many things associated with Christmas are Satan’s ploy to erode Christmas; and, if it were possible to destroy the meaning of Christmas altogether.
Today, I like to share with you the meaning of Christmas from the perspective of God’s Calendar.
Let read Galatians 4:1-7
1. Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, 2. but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. 3. So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. 4. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5. so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" 7.Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
Verse 3 tells us that we were in bondage. We were held in sin. Other Bible text tells us that world sat in darkness waits for the Star of Christmas. The world without Christ is heading toward hell.
Christmas is the beginning of God’s special dealings with mankind. Because of these dealings it is imperative that we respond to the message of Christmas.