Don’t Miss a Wonderful Gospel Opportunity

By Mike Henderson

I would like to share a song with you all by Charlie Brown and his friends (just indulge me please I have a point),

Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year

Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share

Sleigh bells in the air
everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there

Christmas time is here
We’ll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year…

Thank you all for listening with me to what has become a classic Christmas song over the years. I think it’s safe to say that this is truly why westerners love Christmas. What’s amazing though about the current celebration is the fact that until relatively recently this was a Christian holiday, as we all know. I say, “amazing,” because of what it is meant to be celebrating, the first coming of Messiah, the promised redeemer of sinful men who repent and believe in the death and resurrection of that promised Savior. Now let me say this, I am not meaning here to save the “true meaning of Christmas.” Personally I don’t care much about the actual holiday itself. Instead, I am hoping to be an encouragement for Christians to recognize and take advantage of this wonderful gospel opportunity.

Take this into consideration, though the majority of America celebrates the holiday for the sentiments expressed by Charlie Brown, at the same time they are hearing hymns about the reconciliation of God to sinners. They are going to churches, they are setting up nativities, and they are singing songs and hymns and spiritual songs. But tragically, all without singing and making melodies in their hearts to God. Instead they are going through a lot of motions, and Christ’s name is unusually close to the central of theses activities in our society right now, and that makes for a great launching pad for gospel preaching. Colossians 4:5 says conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders making the most of the opportunity. If I could I would like to impart what I think to be wise conduct this for us this season. Let us not seek to preserve the “true meaning of Christmas” in a social political sense (this day is not a sacrament.). Rather let us seek to take advantage of the wide exposure of Christ’s name and call sinners to repentance and faith in the redeemer!

Merry Christmas, or in other words, may the grace of our Lord Jesus the Messiah be with your spirit brethren (oh what wonderful grace we have received!), and pray that Yahweh would soften hearts. Let us seek to make the most of the opportunities we have this Christmas season.

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