Christmas Meditations by G. Edwin Lint

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Born in a Barn
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about why Jesus had to be born in a barn. Did you ever wonder why God couldn't have found a nicer place for Mary to give birth to Jesus that first Christmas Eve? A barn is such a dirty, smelly place -- for any baby to born, let alone, the Prince of Peace.

But think about it. Why did Jesus come to Earth in the first place? He was born to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the World. What better place for a Lamb to be born than in a barn?

Born to Die
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about why Jesus was born. He wasn't born to heal all the world's diseases, although He certainly could do that. He wasn't born just to perform all the wonderful miracles which are recorded in scripture. He was born with one primary objective -- to die. In God's plan for our salvation, established in the beginning of time, the only solution to the problem of sin would be sacrifice, the shedding of blood. And not human sacrifice, either. God sent His own Son to die for our sins so we won't have to die for our sins. That's what all the hullabaloo at the end of December is really all about. God had just rolled out His plan of Salvation. He had just launched the ultimate solution to sin.

Date of Christmas
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about the date Jesus was born. In his book, A Chronology of the Bible, Frank Klassen says He thinks Jesus was born sometime around Passover -- in the Spring. No matter though. What is really important is the specific time when you accepted Jesus as your personal sin sacrifice. Is there a definite time, and place, when you said, "Jesus, I accept you as my personal sin sacrifice, and my coming King? That date is far more important for you than the calendar date Jesus was born.

ELS and Christmas
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about the name of Jesus throughout the Old Testament. During the past few years, a lot of folks have been talking about the miracle of Equidistant Letter Sequences -- ELS for short -- in the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament. When God dictated the Old Testament to Moses and the other writers, He did so in such a way that key words and messages are spelled out in the Hebrew letters. When God wanted to use the Hebrew name for Jesus, Yeshua, He did so spacing the letters the same distance apart. The first letter of Yeshua appears in Genesis one-one. The second letter appears 253 letters after that, the third letter 253 letters after that, and so on. The Hebrew name for Jesus -- Yeshua --not only appears in Genesis one-one but is repeated throughout the entire Old Testament, through Malachi. In the sections we call the Messianic prophecies, we find the phrase, Yeshua is my Name. This is such a miracle that computer scientists and mathematicians agree that it could not have happened by chance. Even with today's most powerful computers, ELS would be impossible for mere humans to duplicate. When the Angel told Mary "His name is called Jesus," he was only reporting what had already been decided when God wrote the first word of Genesis.

How Many Wise Men
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about how many wise men visited Jesus bearing gifts. To tell the truth, the Bible doesn't say how many wise men visited Jesus. Three gifts are named: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And, all the pictures I've even seen show three men on camels. But the Bible doesn't say how many there were. Maybe there's a reason why the number is unknown. There is no limit to the number of persons -- wise or otherwise -- who can worship the King of Kings at any one time. So, forget about how many wise men there were. Just make sure you're one of them.

The Innkeeper
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about the Bethlehem innkeeper the night Jesus was born. Although the innkeeper is talked about in songs and stories about the birth of Jesus, he isn't mentioned in the Bible at all. The Bible just says, "There was no room in the inn." Maybe that means, "There was no appropriate place in the inn." Bethlehem was in the midst of a mandated Roman census the night Jesus was born. I'd like to think the innkeeper was a kindly man, who gave Mary the quiet privacy of the stable, rather than the public upstairs sleeping quarters above the bar. If Jesus had been born in such a place, Mary and Joseph would most likely have been separated during the birth. However it happened, God had his hand on the entire operation and planned it all, right down to the fact that the first evangelists --who were humble shepherds --would have easy access to a nursery in a stable.

Keep Christ in Christmas
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about the importance of keeping Christ in Christmas. I'm going to be honest with you. I don't like to hear the term X-Mas at Christmas time. I know, I know --X is the Greek letter for the C-H sound. But when I think how God coded the name, Yeshua, in the original Hebrew from Genesis to Malachi while he was dictating the Old Testament, I can't believe He is pleased to hear X instead of Christ. So, let's keep Christ in Christmas, and drop the X!

Santa Claus and the Baby Jesus
During this Meditation Moment, let's talk about making room for Santa Claus and the Baby Jesus at Christmas time. My kids were raised in a Christian home and they were dedicated to the Lord as infants by my father, Rev. J. Franklin Lint. But they still wrote letters to Santa Claus, sat on his lap to have their pictures taken at the mall, and hung their stockings on the mantle Christmas Eve. However, we never told them Santa really landed on the roof in a sleigh pulled by 8 reindeer, and brought presents down the chimney Christmas eve. For them, Santa was always make-believe, just like so many other things in a child's life. But there is a supernatural story at Christmas time: When a baby was born in a Bethlehem stable. Shepherds heard about it from a choir of angels, and wise men followed a miraculous star right up to His front door. You see, parents, if you wait till your kids get older to tell them Santa is only make believe --what are you going to say about the other supernatural part of the Christmas story?

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Jesus said: What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. Luke 12:3
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. --Edmund Burke 1729-1797
The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide. --B. H. Obama, 8/21/2010