Christmas Message – 2014:
The end of the year is nearly upon us and it is time to reflect just what Christmas is all about.
Is it about Santa Claus, the sleigh and the reindeer? The world seems to think so!
Witness all the advertisements with Christmas jingles trying very hard to attract attention to the sales of their products. They just want to hear the ka-ching of the tills as the money pours in. It all looks very religious but I hardly hear the reason for the season.
The name of Jesus has systematically been taken out of sight and hearing. We all know the very well know piece of Scripture that is used when leading someone into the Kingdom of God:
Rev 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Actually this is part of the message Jesus had for the Laodicean Church. This Church had pushed Jesus outside. They were too taken up with prosperity that they said they had no need of Him to help them. Jesus said they were neither cold nor hot but lukewarm. They were not completely cold because they used the Name of Jesus in their ceremonies. It made them look “Religious” on the outside – Jesus once called this situation “white-washed sepulchres” – pretty on the outside but dead on the inside.
They were definitely not hot. There was no fervent worship of the living God. They gave him no honour and the glory that was due to Him. The Laodean Church had closed the door on Jesus – so much so that He had to stand outside at the door and knock to try and gain entry.
If I look around and compare the main Churches in America, as well as all around the world, that were once “on fire” for the Lord years ago to what they are today, then I see many groups of Laodicean Churches – many hardly even giving lip service to the Name of Jesus. Churches have been opened up to pagan worship in the name of Chrislam. We are told not to yoke ourselves to unbelievers. (2 Cor 6:14) Christian morals have all but flown out the window.
Due to the fact that my new book – DANIEL, His Godly Lifestyle, is being published next month, I don’t have a long message for you today except to encourage you to take stock of how you stand with Jesus. Is He your personal Saviour with whom you have a personal relationship? Or is He just a casual acquaintance? Does your Church preach Repentance, the Cross and the Resurrection? If not then you are in the wrong place of worship.
Rev 18:4, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
The world does not believe this, but time is running out very fast – get yourself ready for the coming King!
Remember the reason for the season! His Name is Jesus! Put Christ back into Christmas.
Baruch HaShem HaMesiach! Bless the Name of Messiah!
Don’t forget to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.