December 19, 2023 – Tuesday
Romans 10:9-10 KJV
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:9-10 NIV
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Running from one place to the next with my wife today, saw a sign that kind of shocked me. It read, “Six Days Until Christmas.” Tomorrow, I expect it will read “Five Days Until Christmas” and so on until Sunday when it will read, “One Day Until Christmas.” I wonder what it will say on Monday, will it be “It’s Christmas” or simply “Christmas” or perhaps “Celebrate Christmas” or maybe “Christ is Born.” Sadly, I don’t really expect any of those. Most likely there will be something like, “Christmas Sales Tomorrow.”
It seems somewhat odd to be celebrating the birth of Jesus in December rather than the fall, August to October, when most people believe He was born. However, in some cultures, birthdays are determined on the best estimate on the day of conception and that may have been in November or December. However, we don’t know when Jesus was conceived except it was during Mary’s cousin Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy with John the Baptist as the angel Gabriel told her. We read about it in Luke 1:30-37, 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. Thus, I like to think we actually celebrate the day Jesus was conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit on December 25.
From His conception to His birth to His death on the cross to His resurrection and ascension into Heaven at the right hand of the Father, He never sinned. Instead, He lived as one of us until it came time for Him to teach and preach. As a result, we have the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 10:9-10 above that are one of the greatest summations of what one has to do to become a Christian (NIV), 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
That is why we truly celebrate Christmas. We can be saved and spend eternity with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit instead of going to hell. It is through the birth of Jesus the Christ that this is possible. It is not through works of any sort. It is by faith that one declares ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believes in their heart He was raised from the dead by His Father. We were all living on the edge of a cliff next to eternal damnation and then Jesus was born and lived a life, died for our sins, rose on the third day so that it might be said, 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Saved!
Bottom Line: When we celebrate Christmas, we are truly celebrating our salvation because of Him. Salvation!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You gave us a path to salvation if we would only believe in our hearts. Thank You. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
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