Billy Graham on Christmas
Evangelist Billy Graham was preaching to employees at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and said that Christmas is much more than what we see and hear on television. This whole thing is about Jesus. He stated when he looks into the Christmas manger, he sees the "greatest teacher that will ever live."
First of all, I would like to point out that I know when he said Christmas manger, he was referencing it to Jesus being born. However, Jesus is no longer lying in the crib. I'll take it further: Jesus is not only lying in a crib but he's no longer hanging on the cross nor is his body in the tomb. He is risen and alive forevermore. That's what makes Christmas special. We're serving a live Saviour who's risen from the grave. And secondly, there's no dispute that Jesus was the greatest teacher of them all. However, what makes Christmas special isn't just the fact that Jesus is the greatest teacher that will ever live. It's not that he gave us principles to live by in all his preaching and his teaching even though he did that. What's special when one considers Christ's birth is the fact that he was a gift from the Father to mankind. He came to earth and offered himself as a gift to mankind on the cross so that man could be redeemed from his sins. He came to give life to man. That's what makes Christmas so special. Every child of God has life inside him/her. Jesus gives life to man to those who will receive Christ. And again, I'm not trying to minimize the fact that Jesus was a great teacher. But Christmas wouldn't have the meaning it has if Christ didn't offer himself on the cross as a gift to mankind that we might know the free pardon of sin. It's what Jesus did for us on Calvary that makes Christmas worth celebrating for mankind. I thank God for that.
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