Day: Wed, 4 Dec2013

The Christ of Christmas

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The Birth of Christ MormonAnd now, my son, I have told you this that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn of me that there is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ. Behold, he is the life and the light of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness. – Alma 38:9

C – The Christ child who in Bethlehem manger lay. Born of a virgin, a choice and blessed daughter of our Heavenly Father. Not an ordinary child by any means, but One who was born King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. He whose name is Immanuel – God is with us.

H – He was born of a humble birth and in humility Christ our Savior came not to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many. He who knew no sin paid the ultimate sacrifice for sin by becoming the Sacrificial Lamb for the slaughter, thus taking upon Himself all the sins of humanity – past, present, and future – for those born, and for those yet born.

R – His Resurrection was glorious. Death and the grave could not hold Him. On the third day He triumphantly arose from the grave and lives forevermore seated at the right hand of God the Eternal Father. Because He lives we too shall live and one day we shall behold Him and see Him and know Him as He IS – our Lord, our Savior, our Master, and our King.

I – His atoning love for each of us is infinite, unconditional, and matchless. No greater love hath any man than He who willingly laid down His life for those whom He loves. For a few, men may willingly give their lives, but none will ever pay such a high price as this One who with His life, and because of His infinite love for us, paid a tremendous debt that He did not owe, and one that we could never pay on our own.

S – He is the Savior of the world. Read and meditate upon the words of John 3:16 – 18,

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

He is the Life and the Light of the world for “in him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (see John 1:4,5). “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).

T – In a day and time when it sometimes becomes difficult to discern between what is truth and what is not, some may ask the pointed question, “What is truth?” He is the embodiment of all truth. He declares in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” And again in John 8:32 He declares, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth” (see 2 Corinthians 13:8). He is the God of truth and He cannot lie. “For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light, and whatsoever is light is Spirit, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Doctrine and Covenants 84:45).