The Event That Set Heaven Singing
A Classic Christmas Message From Billy Graham
December 7, 2007 - Christmas is not just a date on the calendar. It is the celebration of the event that set heaven to singing, an event that gave the stars of the night sky a new brilliance.
Consider the Human Race’s Failure to Solve the World’s Problems:
No informed person today will deny that the human race walks in darkness. The failure to solve the problems of the world has shattered the hopes of many. We are more unsure of peace and have less freedom than ever before. We have built a world of television and spaceships, but we also have the possibility of radiation poisoning and mass suicide. In our brilliance, without God we have become fools.
The Hebrew prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel not only believed in God but they worshiped God. They believed that God could be seen in nature. They believed that He had made the world. But all through the centuries they seem to have been saying, “I wish that God would become more personal.”
Praise God and Live in the Joy That God Became Personal:
This is precisely what God did that first Christmas night. He became personal in Bethlehem. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth … No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made Him known” (John 1:14,18, NIV). At a specific time and at a specific place, a specific Person was born and that Person was God of very God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
From the lips of Jesus came these words, “The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). Like piercing trumpets, these words herald the breaking in of the Divine into human history. What a wonderful and glorious hope we have because of that first Christmas!
Give to Others This Christmas. Take time to Comfort Those Who Are Burdened, Empty, or Lonely:
Christ came into a world that was facing problems very much like the ones we grapple with today. And right into the center of this kind of life came Jesus Christ. He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). And He said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
At this Christmas season, despite the affluent society that surrounds us, there are many who find life a burden. Purpose and zest have fled, hearts ache with emptiness, and even the joys of this happy season leave many of us lonely and wistful.
Accept Jesus Christ Into Your Heart or Rededicate Your Life to Him This Christmas Season:
This Christmas the Lord Jesus Christ stands at the door of our heart and knocks, saying, “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). In other words, Jesus wants to have Christmas with us.
Christmas means that God is with us. Today, in the midst of trouble, terrorism, and war, peace can be yours. It can come if you put your faith in Jesus Christ. The gift of eternity can be ours now. “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12). This is the real meaning of Christmas.
Will you accept Christ into your heart this Christmas season?