Christmas Is About Judgment

Here’s a surprise: Christmas is about dealing with judgment. Our sinful thoughts, choices, and behaviors have been judged and we are guilty and condemned men and women. If our condemnation is merely canceled, the result would be chaos and injustice. Instead Christ came on Christ*mas, not to turn the judgment on our lives into tolerance, but to take the punishment for all of our individual sins upon Himself at the cross. We each owe a debt of judgment that we can never pay — Christ personally paid our debt through his suffering — He didn’t just overlook it. Now we are invited to accept the greatest gift of all — a beautiful package of repentance (turning away from our sins), forgiveness, and freedom from the bondage to sin.

So don’t just remember the babe this Christ*mas. Christ is no longer a babe. He grew up, defeated death, Hell, and the grave; paid the punishment for the wrongdoing of all humanity; and is still actively with us in the 21st Century, especially when we gather in His name (under His direct leadership and authority).

Gather with us at The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center at 10:45 on Sundays at 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207 as we turn the meeting over to Jesus and let Him lead and direct us without a man-made program. You will be amazed at what happens when Jesus is invited to take active control and direction of a gathering of His people. Come see!

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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5 Responses to Christmas Is About Judgment

  1. sherwood8028 says:

    I have a different take on Christmas as I grew up learning all about the pageantry of the time, but as I matured, I began to focus on the enormity of God;s gift to us, His only begottten Son.

    Most people read the older testament and come away with lessons on living, but those were times unlike the ones we know nowadays. Kings and royalties ruled and people were of little or no consequence. That was not God’s intent – study the book of Genesis!

    But now, it came about that men were even fighting one another over what the scriptures said or didn’t say – and they objected to any interference with their doctrines.

    Enter the Son and as He walked among the populace, you can begin to see where they had gone wrong, claiming to know God and how to use Him as a weapon against their opposition. We know the end of that story, but it was not the end of Him. What He left for us to live by was a real evaluation of God’s original intent. You get a clue when He asks of the two in the garden, following their protests that they were naked. “Who told you that…..?”

    He was not referring to their nakedness, He was questioning the fact that they were listening to another voice. To me, that is Christmas – I have heard His voice and therefore, I am quick to question the others voices of our time.

  2. ronashively says:

    I agree with much of what you’ve said. Christmas is all about Christ. It should be a time when we all step back and take a good, long look at the sacrifice He made for us. The only problem here is, not everyone believes in Him. While it breaks my heart that I can’t get everyone to believe the same way that I believe, I am comforted by the knowledge that Christ would want me to be the best example of His love that I can be to others. Sometimes, this means we have to practice that thing called “tolerance” when it comes to understanding others’ motivations for celebrating a holiday about which they may seem to know very little. Unfortunately, Christmas for a large number of people, is just another reason to be self-indulgent, self-absorbed and selfish. While I understand what it’s all about and in truth, believe that we should celebrate Christ every day for the sacrifice He made for our sins, it often seems that the majority just don’t see it that way. It is up to Christians to help people understand His gift to us and to help them want to shift that focus from themselves to Christ.

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