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Christmas, B.C.

December 10th, 2009 Posted in holidays, Pastor's corner, sermons

Christmas is the day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the day when God became a man. But the first mention of Christmas was B.C.

You might ask, “How can the first mention of Christmas, or the birth of Jesus Christ, be B.C.? Doesn’t B.C. stand for ‘Before Christ’?”

Well, yes, it does, but Jesus began his human existence in Bethlehem. Jesus, being God, existed long before that day. He, like the Father, is eternal because He, like the Father, is God.

The real Christmas story does not begin in Bethlehem, or even on planet Earth. It begins in heaven, where it was determined that Jesus would come to this Earth.

The first mention of Christmas in the Bible

The first reference to Christmas, or the birth of Jesus, is in Genesis 3:15: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

You might say, “That doesnt sound very Christmas-like to me!”

That statement was made by God after Satan misled Adam and Eve. The battle lines were being drawn.

God the Father was effectively saying, “Satan, there is One coming who will crush you.”

So Satan was waiting and watching for this Messiah that would come. He wanted to stop the Messiah, so he had to stop the Jewish people through whom the He would come.

Worse than the Grinch

We’ve all heard of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Well, Satan is the real-life Grinch who tried to steal Christmas through the work of evil men.

  • The Pharoah tried to exterminate the Jews, starting with the Hebrew baby boys. But God spared Moses and the great exodus took place.
  • The wicked Haman tried to have the Jews wiped off the face of the earth. His plan was thwarted by Queen Esther, and he ended up hung on the gallows he had built for them.
  • And then, of course, King Herod–after hearing that one was born who was the King of the Jews–tried to kill Jesus, but that too failed.

Nothing would stop Messiah from coming, because God will always have the last word.

More on this tonight as I speak on Christmas, B.C.

10 Responses to “Christmas, B.C.”

  1. maria sedano says:

    Happy BD Pastor Greg your teachings have been a great help and to keep going to God be the Praise for using you as a vessel to teach his word Happy Happy BD and thank you with love and prayers M Sedano

  2. Eddie & Berta & Matthew montoya says:

    From the Montoya family from Beaumont California, 92223.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PASTER GREG!
    We love the way God is using you!
    JESUS LOVES YOU!!!
    Keep the focus and have a blessed day on your birthday and many more to come.
    JESUS!!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Happy, happy birthday Greg. Ps. 139.

  4. Corey says:

    I did not know that. Good catch & Praise the Lord! :)

  5. Richard & Evelyn says:

    Pastor Greg may you have a Blessed and Happy Happy Birthday. We love you and pray you are blessed with many more years to come!!!

    Love,
    The Hurtado Family

  6. Delphine says:

    Dear Pastor Greg

    I want to say Happy Birthday, to you and may you
    have a very bless day.

    In Jesus Love
    Delphine Reynolds

  7. sherri says:

    Good morning Pastor Greg,

    God’s plans, which He founded at the beginning of time, are perfect. All this because He is such a God of love and has been thinking of us, His creation, all along. Praise be to God for His unspeakable gift, Jesus Christ His Son.
    Happy birthday our Sweet Savior!

    And… happy happy birthday to you, our precious Pastor and teacher. You encourage us, exhort us and lead us on to be better followers of Christ. Have a blessed and wonderful day and those around you, celebrate you!

  8. Sandee says:

    Happy Birthday Pastor Greg! May you have a wonderful and blessed day!

  9. Moni says:

    Hi Pastor Greg….

    This is just to wish you a very happy birthday and to thank you for your ministry.

    May God richly bless you and your family.

    Moni <

  10. MICHELLE says:

    HI PASTOR GREG..

    JUST WANTED TO SEND ANOTHER MESSAGE TO SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY; WE PRAY YOU HAVE A BLESSED DAY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR…
    YOUR A AWSOME PERSON WE LOVE YOU MUCH
    RALPH AND MICHELLE VALDEZ. GOD BLESS

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