Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Romans 14:5-9
One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike.  Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it.  He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.  For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.  For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

There are some believers who esteem December 25th as a special day.  And there are others who don’t.  Whether we esteem December 25th or we don’t, the facts remain.  Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God became a man and was born of a virgin.  He walked this earth among sinful men and He healed and fed and patiently taught those same men the words of eternal life.  He showed compassion and love among everyone He encountered and He always spoke to them the truth, preparing them for what He knew was coming.

When “His time had come,” He allowed those hateful men to try Him in their corrupt court, to beat Him and whip Him with weapons fashioned from materials and by hands He created.  He permitted them to nail His hands and feet to planks of wood held together by His own power.  He hung on that cross offering no retaliation as men railed mocking insults against Him.  He “endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself” and withstood alone the judgment of God deserved by those same ones who swung the hammers and cracked the whips and “laughed Him to scorn” … and every one of us would have eagerly joined in the mob had we been there.  “Crucify Him!  Crucify Him!” we would have cried out in our hateful ignorance.  And still, in the end, He would say from the cross, “Tetelestai!” which means, “Paid in full,” and is translated in our English Bibles to, “It is finished” (John 19:30).  For us, the undeserving sinners, He paid the debt in full.  What a love is this!  And three days later, in triumphant victory, He emerged from the grave having defeated the final enemy, death itself (1 Cor 15:26).  And now He offers to us, the ones who would have gladly hammered the nails ourselves (or paid someone to do it for us) – He offers even to us the most magnificent gift of all: the gift of spending eternity in love with Him.

However you choose to regard December 25th, remember that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Savior of mankind, is the point of everything there is.

-J. Wilbur

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