"THE FORGOTTEN WORD AT CHRISTMAS"
2 Corinthians 8:9
INTRO. Every holiday has its own sounds, sights and
words, and Christmas is no exception. We have barely
said good-bye to Thanksgiving when Yuletide is in full
swing. Certain words come out of the mothballs along
with decorations and music. Peace is one of them, and
it is a good word. It is used in Christmas story in
Luke 2:14, "Peace on earth, good-will towards men."
Joy is another Christmas word. We don't hear joy used
a great deal the rest of the year. Happiness, fun,
pleasure perhaps but not joy. Joy belongs Christmas.
In Luke 2:10, "I bring you good tidings of great joy
which shall be to all people."
Sadly, most of the people using the word "joy" don't
really know what it means. Unless you know the Savior
you cannot really know and understand joy.
But one word that really belongs to Christmas is
rarely used at Christmastime. And if it were not for
the meaning of this word, we would never use words
like joy and peace. And that special Christmas word is
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, for
though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became
poor that you though His poverty might be rich."2
Everything good about Christmas is a by-product of
grace. There would be no true joy apart from grace.
There would be no real apart from God.
Forgiveness of sin is a gift of God's grace, for He
says, "By grace are ye saved through faith." Eph. 2:8.
So unless we restore grace to the vocabulary of
Christmas we can never experience the true blessings
of this event.
To enjoy what God has for you this Christmas, you need
to understand three aspects of God's grace outlined
quite simply in 2 Cor.8,9.
First, the source of grace - "He was rich."
Second, the cost of grace - "He became poor."
Third, the purpose of grace - "That you through His
poverty might be rich."
Someone said, "Jesus was ri ...
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