PROCLAMATION FROM
ON HIGH

INTRODUCTION

A proclamation from on High was made on the day a Savior was born; a miraculous birth conceived through a virgin (Luke 1:34-35).  Scripture reveals that Mary brought forth her first-born son, wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger (Luke 2:7).

Jesus' birth fulfilled all prophecies of the Old Testament.  His power would open blinded eyes; His sacrifice on the Cross would set people free from sin; His resurrection from the dead would be the hope of every Christian in the world!

PROCLAMATION FROM ON HIGH
GLORY OF THE LORD

Scripture reveals that there were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And the angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were greatly afraid.

And a proclamation from on high; given by an angel, said to them: "Fear not: for I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.  For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign to you; you shall find him in swaddling clothes lying in a manger" (Luke 2:8-14).

Scripture records that the shepherds made haste and found the babe lying in a manger.  And when they seen it, they made known abroad the proclamation from on high which was given them.  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen (Luke 2:15-20).

ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE
MEANING OF CHRISTMAS

It is sad that many are attempting to take Christ out of Christmas; desiring to turn Christmas into just another holiday.  One headline read:  "Higher Education Blurring the Meaning of Christmas."  It reported that many liberal college and university officials are doing their best to erase the sacredness of Christmas.

The reason for Christmas is not so much the giving of gifts; nor the commercialism associated with it, nor the pot bellied individual that was introduced by man, but to reverence the birth of a Savior; boldly proclaimed by a proclamation from on high so very long ago!

TIME OF NATIONAL CORRUPTION

The prophet Isaiah foretold a time of national corruption and suffering; that one's feet would run to evil, and they would haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts would be thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction would be in their paths (Isaiah 59:7). 

The way of peace they would not know; and there would be no justice in their ways; they would make crooked paths; and whosoever goes therein would not know peace.  Therefore justice would be far from them; they would wait for light, but would receive darkness; for brightness, but would walk in gloom (Isaiah 59:8-9).

This revealed the judgments regarding Israel's hypocrisy and sins that separated them from God's presence.  It could also be descriptive of many nations today; walking in a similar path, forsaking God.

REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON

Not only are there individuals, and organizations, in America, who desire to undo the "Real Reason for the Season" but also any other reference to ChristChristmas - the birth of a Savior; Good Friday - giving of His life that man might be saved; and Easter - Jesus' resurrection day celebrated for His victory over death and the grave.

No matter what man attempts to do; these days of celebration of Christ will ring on in the hearts and lives of believers in Christ!  The apostle Paul wrote: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:35-39)

Proclamations from on High; though God's Word, cannot be taken away by man; unless one allows it.  The love of Christ is deep-seated in the heart of man as witnessed by many who have sacrificial given their lives for His name sake.

WELL DOCUMENTED

Let us, as believers in Christ, celebrate Jesus birth, along with the proclamation given from on high of that glorious day!  Let us recognize the "Real Reason for the Season."  Let us honor God's gift to mankind, a Savior, miraculously born of a virgin! 

Scripture records that Christ died for our sins; he was buried, and arose on the third day; seen of the apostle Peter, then of the twelve; then of about five hundred at once (1 Corinthians 15:3-5); then ascended to be with His heavenly Father (Acts 1:9).  The birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is well documented in the Word of God!

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