BellaVista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

12/18/2019

Dwight Fuqua

Sparta TN

 

The Reason For The Season?

 

 It's December! For many, especially children, "It's The MostWonderful Time of the Year." It is also the time of the year when we hear the slogan, "Jesus is the reason for the season." How do you feel about that slogan?

 

 I take issue! Jesus is not "the reason for the season." For devoted Christians, Jesus is "the reason for all of life" — our lives! Read Colossians 3.1-4: "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." Paul reminds us that Christ is "our life." We "died" and "were raised with Christ," an allusion to our repentance and baptism: "In Him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead" (Colossians 2.11-12). We "Seek those things which are above" and our minds are set "on things above." Our lives are "hidden with Christ in God." Listen, a "season" may be long enough for those of a secular mind-set, for those who gave a little thought to Jesus this time of the year. But to God's faithful, a "lifetime" is not long enough to serve the Lord we love! He is not "the reason for our season"— He is "the reason for our surrender." Amen?

 

 We rejoice every day that God sent His Son into the world to save us —The story of His birth being only a part of that grander scheme. Many are enamored with the story of Jesus' birth because a babe in a manger makes no demand upon their lives. They can talk about His birth, sing a carol or two, and then walk away! The emphasis of the Gospel, however, is on the Lordship of Christ, not the birth of Christ.

 

• In the first sermon to the Jews, Peter declared that Jesus is "both Lord and Christ." “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2.36).

 

In his first sermon to the Gentiles, Peter declared that Jesus is "Lord of all." "You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all" (Acts10.36).

 

  His birth is only the beginning of the story!

  Surrendering to Him as Lord is the story!

  Wise men still seek Him!

  Wise men surrender to Him as Lord!

 

—Dwight Fuqua

    Sparta TN