*The True Meaning of Christmas
*The enemies of truth deleted 32 words from this article.
The true meaning of Christmas is not shopping, but salvation. The central message of Christmas is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the world, came down from Heaven some 2,000 years ago to save sinners. In order to save sinners from eternal damnation in Hell, Jesus Christ died on the cross for all sinners, no matter who you are. The good news of Christmas is that whoever comes to Christ, accepts and believes in Him will have eternal life in Heaven.
Christmas means the birthday celebration and commemoration of Jesus Christ. Although the Bible does not specify the birthday of Jesus Christ, it is nothing wrong to celebrate Christmas once a year on December 25th. In fact the whole world rejoices by marking the history of the world designated as B.C. or A.D. However, there are many wrong ideas and bad practices in celebrating Christmas.
I believe it will be good for China to designate December 25 as a national holiday.
AP Beijing December 23, 2013 reported crackdown and blocked meeting at a church in
Jhn 18:36, “Jesus answered: My Kingdom is not of this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My Kingdom is not of this realm.” Christianity does not identify with any earthly nation or state and it has no concern for the kingdoms of the world.
The Chinese professor does not know Jesus Christ or the Bible for the church does not seek power or social status in this world. Christianity is not a man-made religion; it is the revelation of Jesus Christ – the Way, the Truth and the Life to the world.
On Sunday, December 22, 2013 I went to a Chinese church. The topic of the sermon was Good News of Great Joy and the Scriptures cited were
Luk 2:8-11,“In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them: Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Note: Both the sermon and the Scriptures were appropriate for the season. To bring good news in Greek is euaggelizō which means to announce glad tidings, the glad tidings of the coming Kingdom of God, and of the salvation to be obtained in it through Christ, and of what relates to this salvation; to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to proclaim the good news that pertain to Christian salvation; - it occurs 95 times in the New Testament. But the poor Chinese preacher delivered his sermon like a funeral service without power and without central message of Jesus Christ. There was no clue or hint of what was good news of great joy. It is not known why many Chinese pastors do not or are unable to preach the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. He talked much about lepers and leprosy which did not relate in anyway to the good news of great joy. An old lady who sat on my left gave a big yawn. Oh, pray God to send the power from on high to revive Chinese churches and evangelize the big Chinese population. The Youth Choir sang A Son Is Given in English while 99 percent of the Chinese congregation does not know the English language. The church is a pulpit for proclamation of the good news of great joy, not a theater of performance. There was once a famous American church, the center of prosperity gospel which was full of theatrics. They even sold tickets for Christmas plays, but Crystal Cathedral went bankrupt and invalidated the founder of prosperity gospel. Sermons and songs must use the language of the people to be understood. As comparison in America the Word of God is choked with materialism, secularism, capitalism, imperialism, sexual deviancy (homosexuality) and the love of money and power which corrupted many churches.
What is the good news of great joy? Sinners can be saved.
1Ti 1:15,“It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.”
All kinds of sinners can be saved; even the robbers and murderers crucified on
the cross can be saved. The liars and murderers and warmongers of
says to the people of
Luk 13:5,“I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
Mar 1:15,“And saying: The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.”
How can you be saved? Good news of great joy, it does not require money, merit, position, power, or good deed.
Act 16:31,“They said: Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Rom 10:8-10, “But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
Will you come now and repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
Luk 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
And peace on earth, goodwill toward men!”
Note: Peace in Greek is eirēnē which means a state of national tranquility, exemption from the rage and havoc of war; peace between individuals, i.e. harmony, concord; the way that leads to peace (salvation); a course of life promoting harmony; good order; - it occurs 92 times in the New Testament. Good will in Greek is eudokia which means kindly intent, friendly attitude, benevolence; - it occurs 9 times in the New Testament. Peace has two aspects: Jesus Christ came into the world to die for sinners in order to reconcile men with God so that the redeemed can have peace with God. Those who have peace with God will also have peace with their fellow men.
Historically, since the end of World War II, American leaders have proven to be liars and killers in hundreds of unjust wars and brutal military interventions the United States has incited and killed millions and millions of peoples around the world. Jesus Christ says, Jhn 8:44,“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Although almost all American presidents and military leaders claim to be Christians, but Jesus Christ defines liars and murderers as children of the devil. During the presidency of Richard Nixon, the only U.S. president who sought a just and lasting peace; I wrote a personal letter to President Leonid Brezhnev of the USSR appealing for peace and arguing against the waste of trillions of dollars on nuclear arms race instead of building a good society for its people. Brezhnev did not respond but I heard some echo about the waste of arms race. Here is a time for peace if American leaders and militarists really want peace. My international readers are the intellectual elites of the world, see and judge for yourself what I propose for peace is rational and reasonable or not. It is a lie to say China is a threat to America or Japan or any Asian nation. It is also a lie to say Russia is a threat to America and NATO. All the United States needs to do are only two steps:
(1). Demolish the Axis of Evil in Asia Pacific:
A. Demilitarize the war crime nation of Japan.
B. Close all American military bases in Asia Pacific and return to North America where the U.S. belongs according to the Monroe Doctrine.
C. Return Taiwan and Diaoyu Islands to China.
D. Cease to interfere or intervene in the internal affairs of nations.
(2). Disband NATO:
A. Shut down all American military bases and missile and anti-missile sites in Asia and Europe.
B. Cease manufacturing and selling weapons of mass destruction.
C. Learn from President Nixon in seeking a just and lasting peace.
D. Give up the empire, regain a respectable Republic.
If American leaders insist and want war, hear the warning of the coming King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ who says:
Mat 26:52,“Then Jesus said to him: Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword.”
Although American leaders have escaped the International Criminal Court (ICC), for sure no one can escape the Court of Heaven – the Judgment of God. The decision is yours.
Christmas means the good news of Jesus Christ for the whole world!
Mar 1:1, “The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
Note: The Gospel begins with Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the beginning of the Gospel. There is no Gospel outside of Jesus Christ. There is no Gospel in any other religion. For all religions teach you have to do good in order to be saved. It is like telling a drowning person you have to be careful not to fall into water, or you should have learned how to swim in the first place. No one can save himself, and no one is good enough to go to heaven. The Gospel of Jesus Christ tells the good news what Jesus Christ has done for you. When Jesus Christ was born, hope was born so that sinners may be saved and have eternal life in heaven.
The word “gospel” in Greek is euaggelion which means good tidings or glad tidings – good news; it occurs about 77 times in the New Testament. It can be briefly defined as the glad tidings of salvation through Jesus Christ. The good news has to do with the Kingdom of God of which Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is the founder. To set up the Kingdom of God, God became Man in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ who is the Savior of the world, died for sinners on the cross in order to procure salvation and eternal life for believers. Jesus Christ rose from the dead to accomplish the redemption. He ascended into heaven sitting at the right hand of God... To consummate the Kingdom of God, Jesus Christ is coming again to reign with the saints forever and ever. The good news is the truth that sinners who cannot save themselves, simply by believing in Jesus Christ they can be saved and become the children of God to inherit the Kingdom of God.
On Sunday, December 08, 2013, I heard a Chinese female preacher’s sermon on 1Jo 3:23,“This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.” Her preaching did not touch on what and why we have to believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ. She did not preach why the name of His Son Jesus Christ is so important. She did not preach the Gospel of salvation as it is written in the Scriptures, Act 4:12,“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Her whole focus was deliberately on loving one another. Her fatal theological fault and failure is that she said to love one another is on the same level of importance as believing in Jesus. This sounds like a modernist gospel. There is nothing wrong with loving one another. Even if you give all your possession to feed the poor, and surrender your body to be burned, but if you do not have faith in Christ Jesus, it profits you nothing of your salvation. No good deeds, no love, no any kind work can make you deserve the salvation of God, the salvation of your soul. For you are not saved by work, you are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Eph 2:8-9,“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” She seemed not to know that loving one another and do all the good deeds cannot save your soul. Tts 3:5-6,“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit; whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.”
This is the pattern of sermon of most Chinese churches today; they put the cart before the horse. They teach a drowning person how to swim. They teach a critically ill person to practice good healthy habits. They teach a bad tree to bear good fruit. Chinese preachers teach their members how to behave; but they do not preach how to be saved. I do not know why Chinese preachers apparently do not preach the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. What is worst, this female preacher cited Nelson Mandela as a good Christian. Did she not know Mandela had 3 wives? She cited the words of Mandela when he walked out jail he left everything behind. Does she not know Apostle Paul says, Phl 3:12-14,“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” It is very dangerous to set any secular man as a Christian model. Can the words of anyone alive or dead be comparable to the Scriptures?
I met an old Chinese lady at the church there and told her the Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple like 1,2,3.
(1). God loves you and all the people in the world although we are sinners. This is the wonder of God’s love, not that we deserve it.
(2). We are all sinners who cannot save ourselves. No one else can save us from our sins. But God sent His Only Son who had no sin to come into the world to die for our sins on the cross. Jesus Christ rose from the death and so He is able to save all who come to Him.
(3). If you repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ with your all heart that He is your Lord and Savior and confess to the world you are His follower, you will be saved. I have met many Chinese church members who do not know whether they are saved or not or what is the proof that they are saved. Your baptism, your participation in the Lord’s Supper, your membership of a church, your giving to the church, your good deeds and giving to charities, and how much love you have, etc. are not proof that you are saved.
Rom 8:9,“However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” This is the test: do you have the Spirit of God dwelling in you? The Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ are one and the same. If you do not have the Spirit of Christ, you do not belong to Christ. Can you know whether you have the Spirit of Christ in you or not? Yes, you can. How?
Rom 8:16-17,“The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God; and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.”
Note: Clearly the Bible proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ and explains clearly the way of salvation. You can know for sure whether you are saved or not, whether you are a child of God of not. I cannot tell you, and no one else can tell you whether you are saved or not. The Holy Spirit can. If you are a child of God, the Holy Spirit will tell you so. If you still do not know but you want to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior; you can say the following prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, I am a sinner and cannot save myself. I believe You are the Son of God and the Savior of the world who died for our sins and rose again for our justification. Lord, save my soul. Please send the Holy Spirit into my heart and give me a new life and let me know I belong to You and I am a child of God. Amen.
A big department store sent me 2 discount coupons of ¥100 each; they are worth about $33.33. I was careless and did not read the expiration date in the back. When I wanted to use them, they had expired. What a waste! God offers every human being a gift of salvation absolutely free. It is grace through faith in Jesus Christ. If you repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will receive the eternal life. Many people do not realize that God’s salvation also has an expiration date.
4:7: “He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so
long a time just as has been said before,
“TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,
DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.”
is calling you today to repentance; do not harden your heart. It is possible to harden your heart. You can even reject Christ and go to Hell.
6:2,“For He says,
“AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU,
AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.”
Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION”—
How Does One Get to Heaven
Through the Word of God I learn the Great Commission is the mandate for the nations due to sin, for Jesus Christ came into the world to save that which was lost. Humanity is lost because of sin and straying away from God. Believers or disciples of Jesus Christ have the mandate to preach the Gospel to every creature. The gist of preaching the Gospel is to tell people how to be saved. MARK 16:15-16, "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” Jesus divided peoples into two groups, the saved and the condemned.
The important question is: HOW DOES ONE GET TO HEAVEN? There are four theories, namely, Universalism, Pluralism, Inclusivism, and Exclusivism. The last one is not a theory, but the way of God. Salvation is the way of God; the first three theories are the ways of man.
UNIVERSALISM teaches that everyone will be saved. The basis is that God’s infinite love is directed to all. Those who believe in Universalism also quote the Scriptures, except they quoted them all wrong.
Mat 25:34,“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Mat 25:41,“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.” Thus Jesus puts peoples of the world into only two groups; those on His right are saved and blessed. Those on His left are damned. There is nothing universal about salvation. The offer of salvation is universal.
PLURALISM teaches there are different paths to God. Major world religions provide independent salvific access to the divine reality. This theory is very wrong, definitely goes against the teaching of Jesus’ claim, Jhn 14:6, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Act 4:12,“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the World, is the only Way-- One Way.
INCLUSIVISM believes all who are saved are saved on the basis of Christ’s provision. A personal response to Christ is not necessary. On the contrary, Jesus clearly demands personal action. Jhn 5:40, “And you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” Jhn 6:37,“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” So Inclusivism is dead wrong. Salvation includes only those who repent and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
The following is reported as having said by Billy Graham, 3-31-1997:
“Well, Christianity and being a true believer--you know, I think there's the Body of Christ. This comes from all the Christian groups around the world, outside the Christian groups. I think everybody that loves Christ, or knows Christ, whether they're conscious of it or not, they're members of the Body of Christ. And I don't think that we're going to see a great sweeping revival that will turn the whole world to Christ at any time. I think James answered that, the Apostle James in the first council in Jerusalem, when he said God's purpose for this age is to call out a people for His name. And that's what God is doing today, He's calling people out of the world for His name, whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because they've been called by GOD. They may not even know the name of Jesus but they know in their hearts they need something that they don't have, and they turn to the only light that they have, and I think they are saved, and that they're going to be with us in heaven.” I was surprised that Mr. Graham said the above, he is all wrong. I don’t care what Mr. Graham or anyone else thinks, Jesus is right – they are all wrong. Mr. Graham misinterprets the Body of Christ – the Church. Mr. Graham's view on the Church of Jesus Christ is neither Biblical nor Evangelical.
EXCLUSIVISM believes in God’s love, the redemption of Jesus Christ and the necessity of repentance and acceptance of God’s salvation.
Jhn 3:18,“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Jhn 3:36,“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Jesus makes it clear, we must believe in Him, and we must obey the Son of God. The Bible settles the question how to be saved once and for all.
When can you be saved? God says: Now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation. There was one young woman who lived in sins; she did not want to get saved now. She said she wanted to be saved at the last moment. You do not know when your last moment is. When you walk out your home this morning, you may not walk back. If you suddenly get hit and die in an accident, your expiration date may have passed. The date of your salvation may expire. It is true, now under the dispensation of grace, you can be saved any time; but you do not know when Jesus Christ returns. When you go bed tonight, you may not wake up and the date of your salvation may expire on you. For me to pass the expiration date and lost ¥200 was a small thing. For you to lose the day of your salvation, you will have to suffer eternal punishment in Hell is an unthinkable loss. Please get ready to meet your God, do it now. Will you come to Jesus now?
1. Christmas is not a Western or American festival or holiday.
Christmas is joy for all races and peoples of the world.
Luk 2:10-11,“But the angel said to them: Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you the Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Note: There are many things that make people afraid in this world: crime, poverty, disease, hunger, unemployment, war, discrimination, corruption, injustice, terrorism, etc. The true meaning of Christmas is good news of great joy for all the people – for the peoples of all the world. The Savior was born so that you do not need to be afraid. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world who is able to save you to the end. This is the good news for all to rejoice.
Mat 2:10-11,“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”Christmas is not commercialism. Capitalists love Christmas not because they love Jesus, because Christmas is the best season of the year to market their products and services and promote materialism in order to make money. Preachers of prosperity gospel proclaim material and monetary blessings intended to enrich themselves.
Note: You can worship only God. The wise men from the East worshiped Jesus because they knew Him to be God. The wise men gave gold, frankincense and myrrh as gifts to Jesus as if to acknowledge the three offices of Jesus as King, Priest and Savior.
Christmas by tradition is a great time for gift-giving. So many Christians follow the custom in honoring the Lord. America is a capitalistic society, compounded by greed, there are more frauds committed than the stars in the sky. During Christmas scam artists ramp up their activities to prey on the generosity of the holiday season. The most infamous are the fake charities. There are many unlicensed organizations asking for money in the name of charity. Even registered charities, the most shocking practice they can raise $100, keep $99 and give away $1 and still be countered as charity. If things have not changed, the Salvation Army is most dependable. Even many Christmas sales are fraudulent. I used to observe a department store which jacked up the prices of merchandise and then put up %50 discount sign.
A German beer company used a Christmas tree to advertise and market its beer and liquor. People use Christmas in 1,001 ways for monetary gain. Greedy capitalists do not love Jesus, but they love Christmas as a great season for making money. I saw another liquor company decorated a Christmas tree to sell the hard liquor (I do not mention the name of the liquor because I do not want to advertise it). The Bible says, drunkards will go into Hell. See Who Will Go to Hell on my website.
The greatest gift is not material or money.
the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God
is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Jesus Christ is the greatest gift of
God to humankind. Jesus Christ was born to die for sinners so that all who
repent and believe in Him may receive the free gift of God which is eternal
life in Christ.
although the Gospel of Jesus Christ reached Europe first and the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as its state religion and later became the corrupt Roman Catholic Church.
The way white peoples have misrepresented Christianity dishonor the Lord Jesus. The way white peoples claim to be Christians and at the same time they are supremacists, imperialists, hegemonists, militarists and capitalists blaspheme the name of Christ.
3. Christianity is not "manifest destiny" of white people
but God manifested in human form as Jesus Christ.
Christianity is not "white man's burden" but the burden of the Lamb of God who bore the sin of the world. Western nations have used Christianity to justify their imperialism, colonialism, hegemonism, and world domination. The white supremacists historically have done so much evil and in the most un-Christian way.
The giant 100-foot-tall stylized Christmas tree with a big cross on top of it erected by South Korea near the demilitarized zone was not a harmless attempt at spreading holiday cheer. It was more like admitting Christianity is a tool of Western imperialism. Any symbol of Christianity must not be used for political or military propaganda. That was not the right way of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ has nothing to do with Western colonialism, imperialism, hegemonism or capitalism. Just as atheism in not on God’s side, so is Western militarism.
4. The West is practicing a false version of Christianity.
Europe and America have only the form of Christianity without substantive reality. The Western values of money, power, and sex are contrary to the Christian values of faith, hope, and love. Western imperialism, colonialism, hegemonism, militarism, and capitalism have done great evil in the world.
5. When Christ was born, hope was born.
The hope of glory for mortal humanity to inherit immortality. The Messiah promised by God for a few thousand years finally arrived - the dawn of a new day, the day of salvation. By repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, sinners may have the forgiveness of sins and receive the eternal life.
The Christian hope is Jesus Christ, based on the Word of God.
Rom 15:4, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” The hope that the Scriptures say is Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
Rom 15:12, “And again, Isaiah says: "There shall be a root of Jesse; And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, In Him the Gentiles shall hope." The hope in Jesus Christ is not to have prosperity and material blessings in this life.
1Cr 15:19, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” Greedy capitalists are the most miserable people because they have no hope and without God in the world. Preachers and believers of prosperity gospel are the most pitiable people in this life.
Eph 1:18, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”
Where are the riches of the glory of His inheritance?
Col 1:5, “Because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the Gospel.” The West practices a false version of Christianity because they pin their hope on earth. So all Christians can declare with Paul,
Act 24:15, "I have hope in God...”
Tts 1:2, “In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.”
Tts 2:13, “Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” When Jesus Christ returns, the blessed hope will be realized. You can have hope in God by accepting and believing in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
6. The true meaning of Christmas was proclaimed by the angel.
“But the angel said to them: Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy for all the people. To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luk 2:10-11) Gospel means good news. Christ in Greek is Christos which means “anointed” equivalent to Hebrew “Messiah” – the One anointed by God, the Son of God. “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." (Mat 1:21) Jesus means “Jehovah is salvation.” Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind. Jesus is the Christ who can save you from your sins.
Commercialism is rampant in the
name of Christmas. For example, a hotel hosts a Christmas feast at $300 per person.
It would be better to use the $300 to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ or
for the furtherance of the Gospel. See the article GIVING on my website. For example, you can use $300 to reach 300 poor persons
with the good news by giving one with $1 each and saying: Jesus is the Savior and Jesus
loves you. Jesus was born so that you have hope, Jesus died so that you can be saved. Jesus rose from the dead to give you eternal life. That is the true meaning of Christmas.
7. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luk 2:14)
Glory belongs to God. Men need peace. How to have peace? Sinners are enemies of God and the wicked do not have peace. For this reason, Jesus Christ came down from heaven to bring us the Gospel of peace. Christ made peace with God on our behalf through the blood of His cross. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 5:1) Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose from death for our justification. So anyone who repents and believes in Jesus Christ may have peace with God and receive eternal life.
8. People who have peace with God will also have goodwill toward men.
Those who have malice and ill will are not Christians. Warmongers and aggressors are not Christians. Oppressors and greedy capitalists are not Christians. You cannot be evildoers and call yourselves Christians. Let people turn away from evil and do good. Let us seek peace and pursue it. For Jesus Christ is coming again soon to judge the world and reign and rule with the saints forever and ever.
does it mean to keep Christmas well?
Not as anyone puts it. All the stories about Christmas --- from Matthew and Luke to John (3:16) are good; and certainly not from Dr. Seuss, Scrooge, Fezziwig Christmas Ball which are foreign to the Bible. No man is qualified to remind us how to keep Christmas, except the Word of God. Christmas is centered on Jesus Christ. When Christ was born, hope was born. You can celebrate Christmas with charity, humility, good will and a prayer for peace and still miss the central message of Christmas. A prayer for peace by warmongers and hegemonists is an abomination to the Lord because God hates hypocrisy.
During the Christmas season crooks and criminals are very active and busy in seizing the opportunity of good will to prey on the givers. Have you not already received e-mails of all sorts asking for donation? These are shameless crooks and criminals who get money illegally in the name of charity. They would presumptuously use the name of God or Christ and for the purpose of the Gospel and the poor, in a variety of schemes. Do not give a penny to them. If things do not change, I recall Salvation Army is an honorable charity organization. When I give to what I think deserving beggars on the street, I always give with a message: Jesus loves you.Luk 2:9-11,“And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them: Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David the Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” If you have not received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you miss the message of Christmas.
A Catholic priest wrote, “If Christmas is the season opener, Easter is the Super Bowl.” God does not recognize the Super Bowl; Super Bowl is nothing to God. Rom 1:4,“Who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord.” The resurrection of Jesus does prove His divinity. It is not the day that matters, not the church’s liturgical calendar that matters; it is the Word of God that matters. It is silly to argue whether Easter is more important than Christmas or vice versa.
Rom 14:5-6,“One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.”
Gal 4:10-11,“You observe days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, lest I have labored over you in vain.” The Roman Catholic Church has many man-made doctrines and traditions of men which are not in the Bible. The Bible never says the Christmas season lasts 12 days or the Easter season lasts 50 days.
What Catholic theologians and scholars say are unimportant. The Gospel of John does not mention the birth of Jesus because the Gospel presents Jesus as the Word, and the Word was God. Jesus Christ is God. God certainly did not have a birth day, for God is Self-Existent and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting. Catholics are wrong to believe that Mary remained a virgin her entire life. Mary was a virgin because Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Certainly Jesus was not the carpenter’s son; Jesus was the Son of God.
Mat 1:18,“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.” Jesus was conceived before Joseph and Mary came together (had sex). How could Mary remained a virgin in perpetuity when she and Joseph came together and produced sons and daughters?
Mat 13:55-56,“Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”
Mar 3:31,“Then His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him.” The Bible does not say how many children Mary had with Joseph, we are told they had 4 sons and daughters, not knowing how many daughters and without giving names of their daughters. There is no Christmas Mass, midnight or not. Mass was a Catholic invention, contrary to the Bible. The Bible teaches about the Lord’s Supper, to remember the death of Jesus Christ.
If you think the Gospel of Jesus Christ has something to do with earthly and material blessings, you are absolutely mistaken. As the Gospel of John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." There are two great benefits in believing in Christ and being saved by grace: the believers will not perish in hell, but have eternal life in heaven. To believe in Jesus Christ is to receive eternal life.
may have received many Christmas gifts, but if you have not received
the greatest gift of God, Jesus Christ, to be your Lord and Savior; all
material and financial gifts are nothing and will pass away. To receive
Jesus Christ is to receive eternal life.
There is no safe place anywhere in the world. During the Nixon’s presidency, probably in an overall assessment, America was the best country in the world and it was the golden era of American history. In 1975 I went to investigate and study the most advanced civilizations in the world consisting of England, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. By 1976 I concluded weather aside; Norway was the most desirable country in the world. However, the massacre took place in July 2011 announced the paradise was lost in Norway, compounded by the defective Norwegian legal system. You cannot find a good and safe place anymore in the world anywhere. You will be so disappointed no matter where you are and no matter what kind of political system a country might have. Let me tell you the good news, there is a better country if you look up.
Hbr 11:16, “But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.” One morning I was on my way to church, a female janitor asked me if it would cost money to go. I told her it was free. You can have a better country than anyone on earth and the Holy City the New Jerusalem for free. If only you confess you are a sinner unable to save yourself and believe in Jesus Christ the Savior who died for sinners and rose again from the dead to offer eternal life to whoever comes to Him. This is the good news. December 21, 2012 will not be the end of the world. The end of the world will come when Jesus Christ returns to establish the Kingdom of heaven and reign with the saints forever and ever.
In America and the West, corporations use Christmas trees to sell liquor and all kinds of products; they love Christmas out of capitalistic greed, not because they love Jesus. In South Korea they erected and lighted a giant Christmas tree tower to engage in psychological war with North Korea. Christianity is NOT a tool of capitalism, imperialism, hegemonism and militarism. The leaders of South Korea are practicing a wrong version of Christianity, if they are wise they should break the bondage and yoke of American imperialism, engaging in peaceful negotiation with North Korea and abandoning the destructive policy of Koreans killing Koreans, and cease to be an American frontline to be sacrificed for the unholy American ambition of world domination and dictatorship.
10. The Message of Christmas.
The Catholic Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas message (2012) did not have character and courage to focus and point out the two greatest threats to peace in the world today are the American imperialists and Islamic terrorists. The Catholic pope failed to pray that the United States cease its imperialism and hegemonism with the goal of world domination, and that the radical Muslims cease its terrorism.
(1). Since the end of World War II the United States has been responsible for most of the unjust wars of aggression that killed millions of peoples around the world.
(2). The United States in the pursuit of unholy ambition of world dictatorship and domination has done countless evil deeds that brought death, destruction, poverty and misery all over the world.
(3). Right now the United States who had given China’s Diaoyu Islands to the war crime nation of Japan in 1971 has declared to defend Japan in case China uses force to regain Diaoyu Islands – with its allies and rat and rogue nations are equipping and preparing for war of aggression against China to seize the natural resources of the South China Sea and the East China Sea. The aggression, oppression and suppression of the United States may bring in global nuclear holocaust.
(4). The pope urged the North African region to build societies "founded on justice and respect for the dignity of every person." Does he not know that the United States is not founded on justice and truth, where 1 percent of population owns most of the wealth and power and get richer and more powerful while 99 percent of Americans get poorer and helpless? The United States does not respect the sovereignty of China and other nations and dignity of Chinese and other peoples. The United States treats Taiwan as its colony although Taiwan was a part of China before the U.S. existed and sells Taiwan costly and deadly weapons so that the Chinese may kill each other. Although the U.S. is located in North America with the principle of Monroe Doctrine, and yet the U.S. seeks to be the supreme power in Asia Pacific where China was and is located long before America, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, etc. existed. The noble people of China have suffered under the aggression and oppression of Western imperialists and colonialists and the evil empire of Japan since the infamous Opium Wars to the present. It is an undeniable historical fact that the Roman Catholic Church has been a tool of Western imperialism and colonialism to oppress China. The pope failed to mention the American violent way of life demands gun control.
(5). The savage acts of Islamic terrorism continue to reap victims in certain parts of the world that also oppress women.
(6). Take note Catholics are the flock of the pope by admission of the pope and loyal to the pope. Christians (Protestants) are the flock of Jesus Christ and loyal only to Jesus Christ and not loyal to any human being or any organization. It is hoped Chinese government see the difference. Chinese Catholics are the flock of the pope and loyal to Vatican. Chinese Christians (Protestants or Evangelicals) are the flock of Jesus Christ and loyal only to Jesus Christ who is the Head of the Church. Catholics could be a threat to China, but true Chinese Christians are no threat to China. The religious freedom should be awarded to Chinese Christians is that they are allowed to practice Christianity freely according to the Bible, preach the Gospel and establish Christian churches without control and permit by the government supported and officially sponsored church (the Three-Self-Reliance Church). The Chinese government has done more for the benefits of its people and lifted hundreds of millions of peasants from poverty in the shortest time of 30 years than any government has ever done in the history of mankind.
(7). For Israelis and Palestinians to embark resolutely on the path to negotiation does not mean sacrifice of the Jewish land – the Promised Land or Holy Land - which God gave to the children of Abraham for the sake of peace with Palestinians who are Arabs. Jerusalem is forever the capital of the great King David, and can never become the capital of any gentile or Arab nation.
(8). The Catholic un-Scriptural and perennial celebration of Masses is an insult to Jesus Christ who was born the Savior, died on the cross, rose from the dead, ascended to the highest heaven, sitting at the right hand of God and who is coming as the King of kings and Lord of lords. The Lamb of God was sacrificed once and for all, it was finished, and there is no more sacrifice.
The central message of Christmas is that Jesus Christ was born to be the Savior of the world; whoever believes in Him should not perish but may have eternal life.
The angels will rejoice in heaven if you now repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. No matter who you are and where you are, would you come to Jesus now? You may have received many Christmas gifts, but if you have not received the greatest gift of God, Jesus Christ, to be your Lord and Savior; all material and financial gifts are nothing and will pass away. To receive Jesus Christ is to receive eternal life.
Would you come now to accept and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
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凡人有荣耀的希望可继承长生不朽。神几千年弥赛亚的应许终于抵达了 - 一个新的一天的黎明，拯救日子的来临。一个新的一天，拯救的一天。
罗马书15:4，“从 前 所 写 的 圣 经 都 是 为 教 训 我 们 写 的， 叫 我 们 因 圣 经 所 生 的 忍 耐 和 安 慰，可 以 得 着 盼 望 。”
罗马书15:12，“ 又 有 以 赛 亚 说：将 来 有 耶 西 的 根， 就 是 那 兴 起 来 要 治 理 外 邦 的。 外 邦 人 要 仰 望 他。”
哥林多前书15:19，“我 们 若 靠 基 督， 只 在 今 生 有 指 望， 就 算 比 众 人 更 可 怜。”
以弗所书1:18，“ 并 且 照 明 你 们 心 中 的 眼 睛，使 你 们 知 道 他 的 恩 召 有 何 等 指 望。 他 在 圣 徒 中 得 的 基 业，有 何 等 丰 盛 的 荣 耀。”
歌罗西书1:5，“是 为 那 给 你 们 存 在 天 上 的 盼 望 。 这 盼 望 就 是 你 们 从 前 在 福 音 真 理 的 道 上 所 听 见 的 。”
提多书1:2，“盼 望 那 无 谎 言 的 神 在 万 古 之 先 所 应 许 的 永 生。”
提多书2:13，“等 候 所 盼 望 的 福， 并 等 候 至 大 的 神， 和 我 们 救 主 耶 稣 基 督 的 荣 耀 显 现。”
“那 天 使 对 他 们 说， 不 要 惧 怕， 我 报 给 你 们 大 喜 的 信 息， 是 关 乎 万 民 的。因 今 天 在 大 卫 的 城 里，为 你 们 生 了 救 主，就 是 主 基 督。” （路加福音2:10-11）
福音的意思是好消息。基督在希腊文是Christos，意思是“受膏者”，等于希伯来文“弥赛亚” - 神的受膏者，神的儿子。“ 她 将 要 生 一 个 儿 子。 你 要 给 他 起 名 叫 耶 稣。 因 他 要 将 自 己 的 百 姓 从 罪 恶 里 救 出 来。” （马太福音1:21）
7。 “在 至 高 之 处 荣 耀 归 与 神， 在 地 上 平 安 归 与 他 所 喜 悦 的 人!”（路加福音2:14）
光荣属于神。人需要平安。如何有平安？罪人是神的敌人，恶人没有平安。出于这个原因，耶稣基督从天上降下来给我们带来平安的福音。基督通过他在十字架上的血使我们与神和好。 “ 我 们 既 因 信 称 义， 就 借 着 我 们 的 主 耶 稣 基 督，得 与 神 相 和。”（罗马书5:1）
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