In Honor of the Lord


The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God." (Romans 14:6-9)

For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

The cheer of Christmas is here. It is not a controversy, December 25th is not the exact day of Christ’s birth (incarnation). However, in certain parts of Christendom there may remain criticism over the suspicious origins of the holiday and Christmas decorations, especially the Christmas tree. But the tension should not reside with periphery, instead it should be these – (1) who is the object of the celebration and (2) more so, how does the celebration extend to life on other days? We observe December 25th in honor of the Lord. By extension, our life is not for our own sake. No true Christian lives for himself/herself. He lives for Christ because he is Lord of his life.

As we reflect on Christmas (2015), let us be reminded that the Incarnation is about restoring God’s rightful place in the life of humanity. “Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord…” As you gather with family and friends ask, “what does this mean for us?” Believers belong to Christ and what matters is having a mind and heart that all of living and all of dying are for the benefit of Christ’s glory.

Merry Christmas.

--E.C.Malone, 12/24/15

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