| "Come out of her my people" -- Jesus Christ
A BLACK CHRISTMAS
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Matthew 1:18-21 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
It is that time of the year again that the world puts on a ‘happy face’ and pretends to celebrate the birth of Christ. The Christian is joined by the secular world, their arms are locked together, and they go about to have a ‘Merry Christmas’.
Lights are strung, and trees are decked with silver and with gold and presents are left under them. The grand ole’ tale of Santa Claus is repeated to all the little children. Parties are planned, feasts are prepared, friends and families gather together to exchange gifts and to sing carols. Oh what wonderful wrappings are placed on this holiday! It looks and seems so grand, almost like a fantasy.
But we are warned to never judge a book by its cover. It is foolish to judge anything by its outward appearance; we must know what is at the heart of it. And when we see what is at the heart, we should ask, “What does God think of it?” In his pure and holy eyes is this Christmas holiday white as the world calls it, or is it black? To know we must remove the fancy paper, the shiny bows, and the colorful ribbons and open the box to see what is really inside. So let’s do just that now.
Let’s begin by stripping away the decked tree, for it is a custom that originated in paganism, plainly denounced by the word of GOD. God told us not to learn this way of the heathen, and warned us not to put such a thing in his sanctuary, or near his altar [Jeremiah 10:1-7, Deuteronomy 16:20-22]. The early Church would not even allow you to bring a branch from an evergreen tree into the Assembly, for they considered it pagan. I imagine Christ coming into the Churches of the world today and saying, “Take these things hence, make not my Father’s house a house of Baal”. Thus we tear it away, God is not pleased with it.
Now let’s strip away Ole Santa, who receives most of the glory during Christmas. That old glutton that has set up his throne on the sides of the north, who pretends to have the prerogatives of Christ, in fact who calls himself Christ, Kris Kringle literally means ‘Christ Child’. I think him to be really Beezlebub, the prince of devils, seeing how he is the prince over Elves and an elf is a spirit of the woods, a demon. Let’s strip away this lie that parents have implanted in the children’s heart. God has no pleasure in lies, in any lie; thus away with it, God wants none of it.
Let’s now take away the fancy wrapped gifts which are exchanged on this day; for God has said that we should give and expect nothing in return. We should give to them who cannot give back. That we should lend to the poor, if we wish to give to him. And when we give we should not wrap in fancy paper, but give in secret, not letting our right hand know what our left hand is doing. So begone oh exchanging of gifts, thou has no Biblical grounds.
Let’s now take away the greed, the covetousness, and the materialism from the children. Take way their costly toys, their useless gadgets, and their time consuming, brain wasting video games. For God says to redeem the time, and to abstain from the appearance of evil, and teaches us not to waste our substance. So away with the fulfilling of the fleshly desires.
And we must do away then with the gluttony and the drunkenness. God is against it, it is wickedness. Away with it.
There remains much more that is contrary to holiness, but we will stop there. Take all these things away, and what do you have left? You have here a plastic baby laying in a store bought manger; but I ask you, is that baby Christ? We shall see, I want to know if the babe of Christmas, is the same babe that was born 2000 years ago in Bethlehem.
HE HAS COME TO TAKE AWAY OUR SINS
And thus we return to our text that we read at the very first. Matthew 1:21, which should be memorized by all the dear saints of God, for it is a promise to them. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Here is the babe, born of a virgin, sent down from God, Emmanuel, God with us. And here is why he has come: “To save his people from their sins”. This is the theme of the whole Bible. In the Old Testament, it was Christ shall come to take our sins away. In the New it is Christ has come to take our sins away. Hear the words of the Apostle John:
“And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin....For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” – 1 John 3:5,8
Here is the reason Christ was born, here is the reason he was manifested in this world. It is to save us from our sins, to take away our sins, and to destroy the work of sin in our lives. Is that the babe, that plastic doll, everyone pretends to adore on Christmas? We shall see. For I shall lift the real Christ up to the world and we shall see how they respond.
Look here drunkard, look upon this Child, he has come to save you from your bottle of poison. He has come to take your drink away! I wonder how many would fall down and worship him, giving up their drink?
Look here you drug addict, here is the true Christ, he has been manifested to take away your addiction, to destroy the work of the devil in your life. Look upon him and be ye saved. How many, I wonder would look?
Look here you liar, you braggart, you filthy talker. Here is the true Christ, he is come to refine thy tongue, he is come to change thy heart. To make thee holy and righteous!
Look you unchaste man or woman, this child is come to make you chaste. He is manifested to take away your fornication, to remove your adultery, to take away your sodomy!
Look here you gambler, you thief, and you robber, he has come to make thee honest. To remove thy sin from you.
Look you that are spiritually addicted, you who are addicted to Rock n Roll, or to porn, or to witchcraft. Look upon this child and he will take away your chains, he will make thy heart and thy eyes pure, and put a new song in you, a song of praise. He will take away all this darkness.
Look you that are greedy, jealous, prideful, covetous and full of envy. He will deliver you, he will free you. He will humble you down and make you content with such things as you have, if you look to him.
Simply look, all you who pretend to celebrate his birth, this is the true Christ, he has come to save you from sin, and he shall, if you look unto him!
Oh I can see the world scatter, I see them running back to their dark dens now. That is too much light and the world loves their darkness. If that is the Christ of Christmas, if that is all that is offered, oh how the world would reject it, they would be repulsed by it, for they hate the true Christ. Jesus said himself:
John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
John 3:19-20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
This is why I call Christmas the Hypocrites Holiday. Those who hate Christ on this day pretend to love and celebrate his birth. It is a mockery to God. And really it can only be that, seeing it was old doctor anti-christ there in Rome who adopted such a celebration from the pagans and put the false face upon it. Do you see the foolishness of all we stripped away at the beginning?
BUT THE JOY OF IT ALL!
I think I hear someone say, “But there is joy in it!” Oh yes, I remember the ‘joy’ of it all, that fleeting joy. It was exciting receiving toys on that day, and I had joy in them until they broke or until I grew bored of them in a few days. I had some ‘happiness’ in the toys, but I had no pleasure in Christ then.
There was joy in the family gathering, as long as it lasted, or until bickering broke out. There was some joy, I thought in giving someone a gift also. Though, those who were in the greatest need I ignored.
But as I said this was all fleeting joy, the joy that the world giveth that does not endure. It is like the dew that lasts but a few hours and then it is gone. The build up and the high of the day wears away very quickly, and there is nothing but emptiness and grief and stress.
The bills are piled up, the credit cares are over charged. The house is a mess with needless items. Oh the God of Mammon, the God of Commercialism and humanism he rejoices for a long time after Christmas is past, but we don’t. For there is not satisfaction in it. Oh fleeting joy! Any drug addict knows you, they could testify of you. A short high, then emptiness. A short season of pleasure and then coldness.
But the real joy, the eternal joy is never known by the great majority. Listen to the words of Christ:
“And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” – John 16:22-24
Eternal Joy, abiding joy only comes through the sin bearing Savior, the great Deliverer who saves men from their sins. When Christ takes your sin, he gives you joy that is full of glory, but he only gives this joy to them who give him their sins.
BUT THE KIDS LOVE IT SO!
I hear another complain, “But the kids love it!” And so they do. Their little sin natures, filled with greed and fleshly desires are often very satisfied on Christmas. Their minds full of lies and fantasy! But what when they realize that there is no real Santa? That there are noflying reindeer? Shall they then question that babe laying the manger?
Oh if men would give their children the Word of GOD instead of needless toys!
If they would tell them of Jesus Christ instead of Santa!
If they would point them to the cross, instead of the ashtoreth [the tree]!
If they would tell men to repent and believe upon Christ, instead of ‘merry Christmas’.
If they would shout JESUS SAVES! Instead of happy holidays.
If they would only lead men to the true Savior, who takes our sins away, then they would know the true joy!
UNBELIEVERS DO DESPISE CHRIST
Some may say, “Sir, I am not a Christian, but I do not despise Christ, I think I love him”. To this I may only ask, “Who is your Master?” Who do you serve? Do you serve Christ or do you serve sin? If you are not a Christian, then you are a sinner. Sin is your Master, and you cannot serve sin unless you despise Christ. How foolish it is to say, “I love Christ” while you live in sin. Christ said, ‘If you love me you will keep my word... He that keeps not my word, loves me not”.
If you loved him you would repent and live for him. But instead you continue to smite him with your sword of sin, and bruise him with thy fist of unbelief, and trample upon him with your shoes of rebellion. Every time you say, “I love him” you are spitting in his face, you are offering the same kind of kiss that Judas gave him. You are offering the same kind of homage the wicked Roman soldiers gave him, when they beat him and then put a purple robe upon him. My friend, if that is your thoughts of love, I would fear to behold thy hatred!
And now you are angry at me for speaking the truth. Angry because I spoke of Christmas customs that the world loves. But listen sinner, your Christmas is smoke in the eyes of God. He says take it away, he cannot bare it. Hypocrisy is as vomit to him. As Mary could find no room in the inn, so Christ can find no room in your heart, for you will not put the sin out, to make room. But you celebrate his birth? Pure hypocrisy I say. He was born to take away your sin, but you will have nothing to do with that; thus your love is much like the doll laying in the manger, it is a fake, plastic and lifeless.
IS IT WRONG TO REMEMBER THE BIRTH OF CHRIST?
Is that your question? Is it wrong to REMEMBER? Never! And you should remember it every day and thank God for it everyday. For the dear Saint, December 25th is just a common day, for a true lover of Christ it just another day to Remember, to Love, to adore and to serve him. No one must tell you to remember the birth of Christ, we do this every day if we are his. Our prayers often contain the words, “Oh Father, I thank you for giving your Son”.
IS IT WRONG TO GIVE TO THE POOR?
Why even ask such a question? The poor is always with us, and we should give anytime we see them in need. If I waited until December to give the poor, then I would be no better than the heathen.
NOW LET ME ASK YOU SOME QUESTIONS:
Since the Bible no where commands the celebration of Christmas, and no Apostle ever celebrated such a thing, and since the day rests only on the authority of the Pagan Pope. How come you celebrate it?
Why leave the old standard of Protestantism, who said it was a pagan blaspheme? Methodists, Baptists, and Calvinists were all against it at one time. Why do you celebrate it?
Why take upon you a day that Anti-Christ himself has declared a mark of his authority? As for me he can have all of his marks, they are all dung to me. It is refuse from Babylon. I will not esteem such a day as this above any other.
BORN TO DIE
Now if you are here today and wish to sincerely celebrate the Birth of Christ, then realize you must remember his death. For he was born to die; and by his death he defeated sin, nailing it to the cross, taking it out of the way, rising again the third day, victorious over death and hell. He stands today as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and if you are to please him at all, if you are to honor him at all; you must bow before him, confessing your sins to him, repenting in thine heart of all thy wickedness. Until you do this, all your honor, all your celebrations, all your worship will be for nought.
Do you have a gift for Jesus? Then come and give him your vile heart, with all of your sins. Do not try to take away any of them, bring them to Christ and say here, “Thou has come to take away our sins, you can have all of mine, I don’t need them any more”. If you do this, you shall receive a new heart and eternal life, and Christ himself shall rejoice over you.
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