The bad news about Christmas is something that is seldomly taught in our churches or if it is, it is done in a ‘safe’ way so as to not offend. When I heard John Macarthur talk about the ‘the ugliness of Christmas’ last week, it was so refreshing but at the same time sad that we let this opportunity pass us every year.
So what is this bad news that I am talking about? Let me break it down scripturally. Joseph was told by an angel in a dream
…..Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”(Matthew 1:20,21)
So first of all the reason Jesus was born into this world was to save us from our sins. So the next question is what is sin? Sin is simply a violation of God’s moral law (1 John 3:4) of which we are all guilty of.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)
As a result we are all dead men walking and have a death sentence hanging over us
For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)
Conclusion: The bad news is because we have all sinned, all of us are in big trouble and in need of a saviour. If we are not saved, then we will incur the full wrath of God and end up in the lake of fire if our names cannot be found in the book of life (Rev 20:15)
This is the part of Christmas that should be trumpeted from the pulpit at the time of year when most unbelievers will enter a church. But it is the part we tend to leave out. Instead what we have is very Christmas-y carol services but not very gospel-y services. The sinner leaves with a feel-good factor thinking ‘what a pleasant service!!’ with no idea that the wrath of God abides on them (John 3:36), that they are children of wrath by nature (Ephesians 2:3) and they are already condemned (John 3:18)
At Christmas time, we just want people to be happy, spend time with their families, open presents etc. Yet we forget the eternal fate of those who die without Christ. We do not really want to offend the hearers but the preaching of the cross IS offensive (Galatians 5:11) but it is also the means by which someone can be saved.
Before someone can truly appreciate the good news, we have to tell them the bad news. Lets not forget that.
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