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Christmas - The Person
(25 Pack)
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by Gary Woods

The Lord Jesus is often little thought of at the time of year intended for celebrating His birth. In this tract He is considered as the Son and Servant, and the One who came to be our Saviour.
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Another year as Christmas approaches we hear the question, "What is it all about?" For many it is a good excuse to have a party, take a holiday or simply enjoy the festivities of the season. "Shop till you drop" is the motto of others, as they hunt for bargains, stocking fillers and the latest gadgets. Children with their expensive requests, largely governed by what friends or peers are getting, descend into an endless list of wants rather than needs. Recently in a primary school I asked a group of over 150 children, "What is Christmas all about?" I got all the usual answers, presents, cards, a tree, holidays, and eventually one boy said, "Is it something to do with Jesus?" Without getting into the details of where Christmas with its present day commercial activity originated, we want this tract to help you learn that Christmas should make us all think. Thoughts that are so often about things or deadlines should really be about a person, Jesus Christ. The Son Our first consideration of Jesus Christ is the fact that He is a Son. The prophet Isaiah said, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given..." (Isaiah 9:6). But whose son? The words of the angel to Mary answer the question, "And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name Jesus... therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:31, 35). This was God's Son, given from heaven to earth. Coming into the world by way of a virgin womb, the Eternal Son took upon Himself perfect humanity and became Mary's son. "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger..." (Luke 2:7). At Christmas time it is important to understand why He came. Why did God send His only Son? "...the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world" (1 John 4:14). The Servant As he lived in this world He was also a servant. But whose servant? Again, God's estimation of Him is recorded by Isaiah, "Behold My servant... Mine elect, in whom My soul delighteth... He shall not fail" (Isaiah 42: 1, 4). The Lord Jesus blessed many during His short life. Lepers were cleansed, the blind received their sight and the lame were made to walk. Even the bereaved had their dead raised to life again. However, throughout His life He didn't move at the command of men, for He taught that, "No man can serve two masters..." (Matthew 6:24). The Lord Jesus was God's servant. Every moment of every day He lived His life doing the will of God. The Saviour As we consider the Eternal Son and the perfect servant, many are touched by what they hear of the Lord Jesus. However, offence is caused when we mention sin and the need of a Saviour. The angel said to the shepherds, "...Fear not... for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:10-11). The fact that He is called a Saviour means we need to be saved. If we need to be saved, we must be lost. Listen to the prophet Isaiah again, "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way..." (Isaiah 53:6). The Lord Jesus said, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). Having gone astray from God, and thus lost to God, the Bible concludes the condition of the whole of humanity, "...there is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way..." (Romans 3:10-12). What a bleak picture! Truly a Saviour is needed. To save the lost, the Son must die. The perfect servant must do His greatest work. God said "He shall not fail" (Isaiah 42:4). At Calvary, Christ suffered, "...Christ also hath one suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God..." (1Peter 3:18). At Calvary "Christ died for our sins... He was buried... He rose again the third day..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). The message to us this Christmas time is that He did not fail. Peter preached confidently, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Paul and Silas met the question of the jailor at Philippi, "...what must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30), with "...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..." (Acts 16:31). Faith in Jesus Christ brings to us the blessing of salvation, the forgiveness of sins, and the assurance of heaven.

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