The Dancing Puritan

Monday, December 10, 2012

Getting Christmas Right





The Charlie Brown choir, by shows end, finally got it right. We sometimes struggle getting the facts of Christmas correct. Perhaps we have been so saturated with the additions to Christmas given to us in music, books and movies that our Christmas vision is blurred. We cannot afford to miss the truth about Christ. Hanging in the balance is eternal life!  Here is a family devotion that may help to get you started in the right direction this Christmas season.

Scripture Reading
John 1:1

John 1:1 proclaims the deity of Jesus. Jesus is God!  It is essential that you know the truth about Jesus as revealed in the Bible.  In order to be forgiven of your sins you must believe in Jesus. You are not allowed to believe in an imaginary Jesus in order to be saved. You must believe in the true Jesus Christ.

Arius


If you had been living in the 3rd or 4th century you may have encountered a teacher by the name of Arius. Arius taught that Jesus was indeed a very exalted creature--similar to the Father, but a created being nonetheless.  His view was different from that of Thomas the apostle who said to Jesus in John 20:28, "My Lord and my God."

There have been a number of errant views concerning Jesus throughout history. In fact it is essential to inquire of any professed bible teacher what his or her estimation is of Jesus Christ.  If the teaching is wrong about Christ then you must reject it. It is dangerous to embrace errant teaching about Christ and His gospel (see Galatians 1).

The Bible teaches both the full humanity and the full deity of Jesus Christ.  Jesus had a human body, He was born, He developed physically, He became tired, and ultimately Jesus died. Jesus rose from the dead in a real body and He ascended to heaven in His resurrected human body.  Jesus had a real mind and real emotions and yet Jesus was sinless. Yes, Jesus was fully human but as Thomas proclaimed He was truly God.  Have you acknowledged Jesus as your "Lord and God?"


Family Activity

Write down and memorize I John 4:1-3.  Beloved do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you know the Spirit of God:  Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ as come in the flesh is not of God.  And this is the spirit of Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is not already in the world."

Talk to your children about the importance of believing the truth about Jesus!

Prayer

Our Father, thank You for the Bible which informs us of the true nature of Christ.  Please help our family to acknowledge and demonstrate that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Amen

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