By Pastor Chuck Brooks
Last month we used Frank Capra’s movie It’s A Wonderful Life, to springboard the idea for us to imagine what life would be like if Jesus hadn’t been born. Jesus Himself raised that question the night before He was crucified (John 15:22). In this edition of Bible Points we will conclude by offering four more observations. (1) If Christ had not come, we would have no biblical roles for marriage. Last month we learned how Christianity was radically “pro-woman” at the time of the first century when women were treated as property. Christ’s teachings began to change how women were treated. In his letter to the Ephesians (chapter five), Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, wrote instructions to husbands that cut against the grain of the barbaric practices of that day. A husband was commanded to love his wife as Jesus loved His church and gave Himself up for it. A husband was commanded to love his wife as his own body and to cherish her and nourish her. (2) If Christ had not come, we would have never found out what God was like. You and I can look all around and see that there is an intelligent Designer who has framed the worlds. The earth couldn’t have come about by the cataclysmic events such as a “Big Bang.” Order doesn’t come out of disorder. So we see the beauty of the earth and have to conclude there is an intelligent Designer. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Finding out what God is like by observing His creation is not enough. So God reveals Himself more specifically in Jesus. This is what Christmas is all about. Christmas is about God becoming man and dwelling among us so we can see what He is like. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 NKJV) (3) If Christ had not come, we would have reason to question whether God understood what we were going through when we had problems. The Bible tells us that God knows what we are going through! This truth is expressed in one of my favorite Scriptures, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15 NKJV). The Bible says that because Jesus knows, He is touched with and can empathize with you as you go through life’s challenges. Our young people put it like this, “Do you feel me?” The Bible says “yes!” Jesus can feel you! (4) If Christ had not come, there would be no salvation. If Christ had not been born, I would still be running the streets. I would still be living a promiscuous life as a fornicator. Outwardly, I might appear like a model citizen but inwardly I would be corrupt—selfish, mischievous—always looking out for myself. This would be my life if Jesus Christ had not been born. Over two thousand years ago God sent His Son to earth to be born in humble means. He would grow up as a man. He would teach the Father’s truth. But wicked man would nail Him to a cross as they would a common criminal. But this was all part of God’s plan to redeem the human race from sin and death (Galatians 4:3-5). While nailed to that cross, Jesus would pay the penalty for our sins by His death. God the Father, the Judge of the universe, would raise His Son from the dead three days later as an acceptance of His sacrifice—paid in full! God’s wrath against sin would be satisfied for whosoever would call upon the Name of the Lord. Salvation is offered as a free gift to whosoever will call on the name of the Lord Jesus, turning away from their sin. This is why we celebrate Christmas! It is the birth of God’s Son and our Savior! It is God becoming flesh and dwelling among us (John 1:14). This is why gifts are given to other…because God gave His best gift to us. Much of the Bible Points comes from the sermons of Pastor Chuck Brooks, a member of the Grace Bible Baptist Church, 1518 North Rolling Road. You can listen to or download more of Chuck’s sermons at www.mygraceway.org.