Westside Baptist Church of York  

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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor


". . . good tidings of great joy . . ."

  Luke 2:10



To have one's interest and sympathies attracted by the circumstances of the birth of the Lord Jesus, and to have great joy in the fact of His birth are two very different conditions. There is a certain charm and rusticity regarding the circumstances of His birth which have made that aspect of the Christmas story well received. But the circumstances must be seen in the light of the fact itself. The fact that a Savior was born in the city of David is not simply cause for aroused interest and sympathy, but calls for great joy. “I bring you good tidings of great joy. . . for unto you is born this day a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Great joy is the proper response to the birth of Christ for He is the Savior. Those who acknowledge that they are guilty sinners deserving of everlasting punishment find occasion for great joy in the fact of Christ's nativity. Someone has come to save them from their sins! Yet, there are many who are attracted to the circumstances of the Christmas story, but are either puzzled or angered at its substance. To talk about the decree of Caesar Augustus, or the lack of accommodations at the inn, or a baby lying in a feeding trough, or shepherds terrified at the appearance of angels is one thing. To talk about salvation from God's righteous wrath because of our own sins is something else. The Bible links these two inseparably, and what God has joined together, let no man separate. At this time of the year you have many opportunities to think about the birth of Jesus Christ. In the midst of your Christmas cards, decorations, nativity scenes, etc., remember that Jesus Christ was made necessary by your and
my sins. It is because we are sinners deserving the righteous judgment of God that God sent His Son into the world; it was that we might not perish. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Mourning over one's own sins and fearing one's own righteous condemnation precede rejoicing in the birth of the Savior. If anyone considers the Christmas story “good tidings of great joy” it is because he has first learned of the evil tidings of great fear. May you come to have this kind of a truly blessed Christmas.


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