In this sermon, Pastor Neil preaches on the message of Christmas, a sermon entitled, “Christmas Spoken Here.” Here are some excerpts:
This is the message at the heart of Christmas – at the heart of the Christian faith as a whole. Ortlund, writing on Isaiah 40, says: “Christianity is all about the saving grace of God.” Amen? Amen! “(God) overrules our stupidity with His own absolute pardon through the finished work of Christ on the cross” (Ortlund, Jr., 235). Christmas is God’s answer to the stupidity of our sin. And, you know, however we may try to rationalize it or justify it, sin really is stupid. The fact that we all do it doesn’t mean it isn’t stupid. But God, in His grace, has provided the way out of it.
The reason we need the Christmas message of God’s comfort, His forgiveness and grace is because of our failure to live in faithful obedience to Him. It is our sin, our failure, our disobedience, our willfulness that makes Christmas so totally necessary. Just when you realize how right and just it would be for God to be angry with you – with us all – the Bible reminds us that God’s kindness leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). It tells us that when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared (i.e., when Jesus came), He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy (Titus 3:4-5).
This is the language of Christmas. And it is spoken here. Christmas tells us that God looks at us not with a frown or an angry scowl, but with a loving smile. He comes to us with a heart full of love. With an invitation. To be sure, if you refuse His invitation, if you reject His gift of salvation, there are consequences for this life and eternity. But where Christmas is spoken, there will always be a message of comfort and hope for sinners.
In Jesus, who is Himself God, we hear God’s voice. And we see what God is like: Compassionate. Forgiving. Gracious. Loving and kind. Righteous and true. Strong and gentle. Unchanging in His character. Trustworthy. A God who would stop at nothing, but willingly set aside the glories of heaven to come to Bethlehem and Jerusalem, to a stable and then a cross, and gave His life for us and for our salvation. A God who spoke – and who continues to speak – the language of Christmas.
Christmas is spoken here. I hope you have heard it spoken here today. Let it be spoken – and heard and lived – in your life and mine. Always.
Christmas Spoken Here. Pastor Neil has a lot more to say about this topic. Please click on the link below to see and hear the sermon in its entirety.