The Good News of Christmas ( by Rick Warren)

Dec 26, 2014

The Good News of Christmas
by Rick Warren

“There is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God. Jesus was truly human, and he gave himself to rescue all of us.” (1 Timothy 2:5 CEV)

Christmas is all about good news. But it’s not the good news of special gifts. It’s not the good news of a big meal. It’s not even the good news of spending time with friends and family.

Christmas is about the Good News of God’s love.

The Bible says all of us are lost without God. We’re directionless. We’re without protection. Our potential eternal impact upon the world is unrealized. We’re without real joy. Our eternity in Heaven isn’t secure.

The Good News about Christmas is that God sent Jesus to seek and save the lost. The Bible says, “There is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God. Jesus was truly human, and he gave himself to rescue all of us” (1 Timothy 2:5 CEV).

If you’ve ever spent time in church, you’ve likely heard the word “salvation” many times. But you may not know what it means. The word is like a diamond; you can look at it from many different angles.

  • Jesus came to rescue us. We can’t solve all of our problems on our own. Without Jesus, we’re trapped in the expectations of others. We’re trapped in living for the approval of our peers. We’re trapped in addictions. We’ve tried to change over and over again, but we don’t have the power needed to escape. Jesus came to give us that power.

  • Jesus came to recover us. We all long to recover parts of our lives that have been lost. Without Christ, we long to recover our strength, our confidence, our reputation, our innocence, and our relationship with God. Only Jesus can do that.

  • Jesus came to reconnect us. Many people think that God will scold them if they come back to him. But God isn’t mad at you. He’s mad about you. Jesus came to Earth on the first Christmas to reconcile us to God, to give us harmony with him again.

Jesus came to Earth to give us the gift of himself. Too many of us celebrate his birthday without accepting this free gift of salvation. It goes unwrapped year after year after year. That’s not smart! You were made by God and for God. Until you understand that, life will never make sense.

This Christmas, open up the most important present you’ve been given: a new relationship with God through Jesus.

Talk It Over

  • Which of the above facets of salvation has been the most important in your relationship with God? Why?
  • How can you “unwrap” God’s gift of Jesus this Christmas? In what ways can you tell others about this gift?
  • What can you do to better celebrate Jesus’ birthday?

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He Brought Back The Glory ( by Fenny West)

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He Brought Back the Glory

That we lost through the fall

And so doing changed our story

By lifting us from the fall.


He bridged the gap for us;

Made peace between us and God.

Jesus justified us

and made us children of God.


All those who receive Him

are raised from deadness to life.

All those who accept Him

Are given abundant life.




When Adam fell, we lost the glory of God

But God in His mercy, made a way for us

He sent Jesus, the Light and the Living Word

To come down, pay the price to justify us.


Just as David was a type of Jesus

A man after God’s own heart

Who brought back the Ark to Jerusalem,

Jesus also brought back our lost glory.


Let us reverently bow before the holy Child whose innocence restores to manhood its ancient glory; and let us pray that he may be formed in us, the hope of glory.

C.H. Spurgeon

22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one John17:22

… as He is, so are we in this world.1John4:17

12    Now it was told King David, saying, “The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness.13 And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep.14 Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.
16    Now as the ark of the LORD came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.17 So they brought the ark of the LORD, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.18 And when David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.19 Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.

The Lamb Has All My Trespass Borne ( by C. H. Spurgeon)

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And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
Job 1:5

What the patriarch did early in the morning, after the family festivities, it will be well for the believer to do for himself ere he rests tonight. Amid the cheerfulness of household gatherings it is easy to slide into sinful levities, and to forget our avowed character as Christians. It ought not to be so, but so it is, that our days of feasting are very seldom days of sanctified enjoyment, but too frequently degenerate into unhallowed mirth. There is a way of joy as pure and sanctifying as though one bathed in the rivers of Eden: holy gratitude should be quite as purifying an element as grief. Alas! for our poor hearts, that facts prove that the house of mourning is better than the house of feasting. Come, believer, in what have you sinned today? Have you been forgetful of your high calling? Have you been even as others in idle words and loose speeches? Then confess the sin, and fly to the sacrifice. The sacrifice sanctifies. The precious blood of the Lamb slain removes the guilt, and purges away the defilement of our sins of ignorance and carelessness. This is the best ending of a Christmas-day–to wash anew in the cleansing fountain. Believer, come to this sacrifice continually; if it be so good tonight, it is good every night. To live at the altar is the privilege of the royal priesthood; to them sin, great as it is, is nevertheless no cause for despair, since they draw near yet again to the sin-atoning victim, and their conscience is purged from dead works.

Gladly I close this festive day,

Grasping the altar’s hallow’d horn;

My slips and faults are washed away,

The Lamb has all my trespass borne.

All He Has Are Ours (By C.H. Spurgeon)

All He Has are Ours

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“The last Adam.”
1 Corinthians 15:45

Jesus is the federal head of his elect. As in Adam, every heir of flesh and blood has a personal interest, because he is the covenant head and representative of the race as considered under the law of works; so under the law of grace, every redeemed soul is one with the Lord from heaven, since he is the Second Adam, the Sponsor and Substitute of the elect in the new covenant of love. The apostle Paul declares that Levi was in the loins of Abraham when Melchizedek met him: it is a certain truth that the believer was in the loins of Jesus Christ, the Mediator, when in old eternity the covenant settlements of grace were decreed, ratified, and made sure forever. Thus, whatever Christ hath done, he hath wrought for the whole body of his Church. We were crucified in him and buried with him (read Col. 2:10-13), and to make it still more wonderful, we are risen with him and even ascended with him to the seats on high (Eph. 2:6). It is thus that the Church has fulfilled the law, and is “accepted in the beloved.” It is thus that she is regarded with complacency by the just Jehovah, for he views her in Jesus, and does not look upon her as separate from her covenant head. As the Anointed Redeemer of Israel, Christ Jesus has nothing distinct from his Church, but all that he has he holds for her. Adam’s righteousness was ours so long as he maintained it, and his sin was ours the moment that he committed it; and in the same manner, all that the Second Adam is or does, is ours as well as his, seeing that he is our representative. Here is the foundation of the covenant of grace. This gracious system of representation and substitution, which moved Justin Martyr to cry out, “O blessed change, O sweet permutation!” this is the very groundwork of the gospel of our salvation, and is to be received with strong faith and rapturous joy.

You Will See Beyond the Seen ( by Fenny West)

You will See Beyond the Seen

I stooped so low

Showing you the way

To beat the foe

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So learn from Me

The ropes of heights

To rise from depths.


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Emptied Myself

To fill you full

To live the life.

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I washed your feet

To wash others’ feet

As fishers of men.


in Christ what have and are

I took your place

On the cruel cross

So you can cross.


I paid the price

That you couldn’t pay

So I made the way.


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Now give Me first place

And you will see

Beyond the seen.


9     But as it is written:

       ” Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,

       Nor have entered into the heart of man

       The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”


Jesus’ Christmas List ( by Fenny West)

Jesus’ Christmas List

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Give me your heart

Best place to start

Make Me the core

Joy will be sure.



Let Me direct

Let Me affect

Give me your trust

Make me the first.


Point them to Me

Who cannot see

Bring them to Me.

Serve them for Me.


Show them My light

Those in the night

Show them My grace

To see My Face.


Celebrate Me

And worship Me

Focus on Me

Not on the Tree.

41   And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”


God Gave Jesus As Gift ( by Fenny West)

God Gave Jesus As Gift

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God gave Jesus as Gift-

The greatest Christmas Gift,

Who stooped so low to lift,

And so ended the rift.


Born in a barn- stable,

Sounded like a fable.

All things are possible,

To God Who’s well able.


Because of compassion,

Sort reconciliation.

Jesus brought redemption.

No more condemnation.


With sheep shared a place,

All because of His grace;

For us to see His Face;

Enter the throne of Grace.





16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John3:16