A Celebration of Life

At Christmastime, we celebrate family, giving, tradition, friendship, community, love, goodwill and so much else that is great and good about human existence
At Christmastime, we celebrate family, giving, tradition, friendship, community, love, goodwill and so much else that is great and good about human existence

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- People often lament that in our celebration of Christmas, we tend to lose sight of its true meaning. Not to be a contrarian, but I don't think the two are mutually exclusive.

At Christmastime, we celebrate family, giving, tradition, friendship, community, love, goodwill and so much else that is great and good about human existence. These sublime experiences and institutions are wonderful precisely because our savior, in whom goodness inheres, created them.

With proper godly perspective, delighting in these glorious gifts actually enhances our focus on God; it doesn't diminish it. Of course, we must discipline ourselves, if it doesn't occur naturally, to give thanks to God and to consciously savor him and his gift of life to us.

This time of year, we celebrate Christ's incarnation — his birth, his earthly example and his miracles and teachings. We humbly bow at the Crucifixion, marvel at the magisterial Resurrection and gratefully acknowledge our regeneration salvation in him. We cherish that he is truth, the judge and the very giver of life.

Unlike the mythical god of deism, our God did not create us and then callously abandon us to a desperate state of sinfulness, misery and suffering. He is not only the Creator but also the sustainer of the universe. The writer of Hebrews assures us, “He upholds the universe by the word of His power.” The Apostle Paul proclaims, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

Though God gave us the freedom to sin and mankind subsequently fell, Christ became sin for us, thereby conquering sin and death. He offers us redemption and eternal life in his presence.

It is fitting that we celebrate Christ's birth, because his redeeming work on our behalf — his death on the Cross and thus our salvation — could not have been accomplished without his incarnation. It is all part of a piece. If he had merely been in form a human but in substance only God, his suffering, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection would have been illusory.

Paul wrote to the Philippians: “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Jesus wasn't just the greatest of all human prophets. He was fully God and fully man, a truth that Christians believed from the beginning and that the Council of Chalcedon formally affirmed in A.D. 451. “Therefore, following the holy fathers, we all with one accord teach men to acknowledge one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at once complete in Godhead and complete in manhood, truly God and truly man, consisting also of a reasonable soul and body; of one substance with the Father as regards His Godhead, and at the same time of one substance with us as regards His manhood.”

Christianity's critics sometimes question God's permitting human suffering, but the Cross, to paraphrase the late Pastor John Stott, smashes those concerns to smithereens. Christ understands our suffering and even our mundane problems because he became one of us and experienced what we experience. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

Christ suffered — so that we can live — more pain than anyone who has ever existed. It was not only his physical beatings and passion but also his excruciating separation from the Father and his endurance of God's wrath for all of the past, present and future sins of mankind. Moreover, God created us knowing at the time that Christ's human birth and sacrificial death would be necessary. John tells us that Jesus is “the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.” A greater act of love is inconceivable.

Having become human and suffering as a human being, Christ is an empathetic, personal God, who is approachable to us and with whom we can have a personal relationship. “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in the time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

This Christmas, let's celebrate the wonders of our existence as human beings created in God's image and with the capacity for his love, which we must abundantly share with one another. Let's draw near to his throne of grace, profusely thanking him for the undeserved mercy he gave us and meditating on “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable” (Philippians 4:8).


About David LimbaughDavid Limbaugh

David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book is “The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels.” Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com.

  • 11 thoughts on “A Celebration of Life

    1. Greetings….I authored one of the replies and read the rear. After that, l’m certain of one thing, there’s some damn good, GOD fearing men on these posts and amongest us and it is an honor to be cyber related to these types of throw back Christians. I’ll be on the barricades next to you. God bless you Christians, true to the WORD.
      Dennis
      TENNIS

    2. Thanks for having the balls to write about true Christianity in this politically correct cesspool society. Thank you for using a public forum to further the truth of Christ and simplify the meaning of what Christianity is and about. Thank for being one in a million, putting this on a business email and ignoring all the anti-christ
      Hysterics, the wimpy, ungodly leftists, demorats. May God smile on you and your business. Blessings,
      Dennis…..a Christian deplorable

    3. Well written. Our liberties come from our creator and not from some government that is ruled by men having their own agenda as their guide. America has been aware of this fact and established by the wise and many times reverend founding fathers to reflect that truth. May men’s hearts be changed with this knowledge during this new year of 2018 and may God bless these United States of America.

    4. Greetings!
      “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
      To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

      Pray for those whom have rejected God’s Grace!
      Regards

    5. It is absolutely necessary that the word of God and Jesus as our savior be spread for all to hear. There is so much going on in this country to discredit the Holy Word that we have to speak louder especially to give young people a foundation on which to base their life because their inheritance of this country is what is in store for them.
      David, I think this was one of your best articles.
      Amen, Amen

    6. Thank you God for your un comparable gift to all who will trust in and accept Your freely offered gift – Jesus.
      Thank you David for your boldness to share the truth.
      Thank you Ammoland for allowing the truth to be shared.
      “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God.”
      Until All have heard the Good News
      Graystone

    7. Thank you for being willing to share the truth of God’s love for us in a public forum like this! And doing it in a way that is clear and concise. And thank you God for your gift of Christ!

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