The Purpose of Christmas
By Pat Robertson
The 700 Club
- Its interesting that Jesus made a significant statement about
His birth just before His death. During Jesus trial, Pilate asked about
His identity. Jesus replied, "For this I have been born, and for this I
have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth" (John 18:37b, NASB).
Jesus didnt say He was born to preach or heal, but that His fundamental
purpose was to bear witness to the truth.
Pilate then asked, "What is truth?" But he was in too much of a
hurry to wait for the answer. How many of us are like that today? Sometimes
it takes a tragedy, such as a death in the family or the recent terrorist
attacks, before people take time to measure their lives against what is genuinely
meaningful and true.
When a carpenter says, "Im going to true up a piece of wood,"
he lines up a board to conform with the standard of a plumb line. Opinions
dont count -- only the truth.
Down through the ages, Jesus declares, "I am the way and the truth and
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you
free" (John 14:6a; 8:32).
Jesus came into the world bearing a message of paramount importance: God
is our creator, sustainer and redeemer; to see the Father, we must look at
The reason Jesus was born is that we might know God! This is why we celebrate
Christmas with such joy year after year. Through Jesus called "Emmanuel,"
which means God with us God is indeed with us in youth and old age,
in good times and bad, in tragedy and triumph.
But in bringing us this wonderful message, Jesus goes a step further -- and
entrusts us with the tremendous responsibility of sharing Gods Word
with others. "You will be my witnesses
to the ends of the earth"
(Acts 1:8b). Millions of lost souls desperately need the life-giving message
of the Gospel!
Find the peace that only Christ can bring today.
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