The Theology of Christmas

“To put it mildly, Christmas is a little bit confusing to the watching world, I’m pretty sure. I never really get over that. Year after year, I’m struck by the paradoxes of Christmas, the strange juxtaposition of Christianity and a kind of carnival mentality, the humility and poverty of the stable confused with the wealth and indulgence of selfishness and gift giving, the quietness of Bethlehem with the din of the shopping mall, the seriousness of the incarnation with the silliness of the party spirit and party attitude, the blinking colored lights juxtaposed with the star of heaven. Just a confusion designed certainly by the enemy of men’s souls. Cheap plastic toys mixed with the true gift of the wise men, angels confused with flying reindeer, an ox and an ass in a stable confused with a red-nosed reindeer, of all things, the filth of the stable confused with the whiteness of fresh snow. And so it goes and you’re familiar with all of that. Mary and Joseph and North Pole elves – kind of hard to look through this and see the reality.”

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11

Every tongue will confess Jesus as Lord. If you do it in this life, what happens? Romans 10:9 and 10, “If you confess Jesus as Lord with your mouth, and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, you’ll be saved.” Saved from hell, from sin, from judgment. Better to confess it now and go on confessing it forever in heaven than to go on confessing it in bitterness and remorse forever in hell. Every tongue will confess it. And God has given you the opportunity even today to make that confession now. If you make it now, you will joyfully make it forever, and He will exalt you to His own throne, and you will be a joint heir and share in all His heavenly riches. He is God, giving Himself away, yet remaining God. He is God, putting on a king’s robe, and then taking it off and taking up beggar’s rags. He is God, the judge, rising from the bench and going to the gallows as a criminal. He is God, impoverishing Himself, beggaring Himself, exposing Himself to evil’s spite, never sparing Himself until He makes it all the way to a cross on Jerusalem’s hill, and that cross becomes the sum and the sign of His utter selfless humiliation, and He did it for us. Confess Him as Lord. Receive the salvation He offers, and you’ll go on doing that forever.” John MacArthur

“If you confess Jesus as Lord with your mouth,
and believe in your heart God raised Him from
the dead, you’ll be saved.”

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