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It's a Global Thing

An on-the-street reporter for Newsmax recently went about asking folks what they thought of ‘Christmas’ and whether it was an expression of ‘Christian Privilege’—a holiday imposed upon non-Christians whether they like it or not. That question assumes—and wrongfully so—that the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem is a Christian holiday. A cursory reading of scripture reveals Christmas was intended by God to be a Global celebration. 

There are three words that embody in theological terms what Christmas is all about—Christ’s incarnation, his reconciliation of God and man by his death, and his resurrection from the dead. 

His INCARNATION was global in scope: “For mine [Simeon’s] eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of ALL PEOPLE; A light to lighten the GENTILES, and the glory of thy people ISRAEL” (Luke 3:30-32). In biblical reckoning, there is Israel and everyone else: Jews + Gentiles = ALL PEOPLE w/o distinction or exception. God meant for EVERY human being to celebrate the birth of his Son.

His work of RECONCIALTION was global in scope: “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died FOR ALL, then were ALL dead: “And that he died FOR ALL, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again...To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling THE WORLD unto himself, not imputing THEIR trespasses unto THEM; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:14,15,19). God intended for EVERY human being to celebrate the death of Jesus as the one and only REMEDY for their sin problem.

His work in the RESURRECTION was global in scope: “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth ALL MEN EVERYWHERE to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge THE WORLD in righteousness by that man [Jesus of Nazareth] whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance [of judgment to come] unto ALL MEN, in that he hath raised [resurrected] him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31). God intended for EVERY human being to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. His resurrection, however, sealed the devil’s fate in the Lake of fire as well as that of EVERY human being that dies in unbelief. 

There is NO such thing as ‘Christian Privilege’ regarding Christmas despite the machinations of wokeism. It’s a Global thing intended for celebration by EVERY human being. So Merry Christmas to THE WORLD, especially to those of us whose hope is firmly anchored in Jesus of Nazareth.


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