The Christmas Cheer
[At this time of year, all of us at the FEA want to praise the Lord for His love and grace in coming to earth to "seek and to save that which was lost." We wish all our friends and fellow-helpers to the Truth a very blessed Christmas, and we thank you all so very much for your fellowship and support in 2016. May the Lord continue to bless and guide you as you seek to remain faithful to Him.]
Whether the Son of Man, our blessed Lord, was born in December or in April is not of great consequence to us. We have no time or care for the controversy.
We know He was born of a virgin. We know He was “God manifest in the flesh.” We know that by faith in Him we are born again. And all of the petty quibblers or professed scholars or so-called “scientists” the world has ever produced could not shake our faith in these facts.
Some things we know, and this we know—that we have passed out of death into life eternal.
We have only pity for these “raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame,—murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts and speaking great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage,” who deny all the fundamentals of our faith.
We are glad for the Christmas time in which we can, with joyful hearts, commemorate His lowly birth and thank God for the manger-cradle in which He slept, for the open heavens and the angelic proclamation, “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
Faith in this fact has made the dividing line among the nations and has given us the stalwarts for the propagation and preservation of the Scriptures.
To the modernists (religious liberals), Jesus was only a good man—the best that ever lived; but HE claimed to be “Christ … over all, God blessed forever.”
God appointed feast days for Israel, but none for the church, for every day is a feast day with a true believer, and even a fast day for the body is a wonderful feast day for the soul. But many a soul has been won among the children and the older ones at the Christmas time.
So let us gather with our loved ones and friends and children and voice with glad hearts our joy and rejoicing, and in the giving of our gifts let us be guided by the Holy Spirit, not forgetting Him and His interests, giving Him the best who deserves the best, and glad in knowing that we shall find such gifts among the treasures laid up for us in heaven. — T. C. Horton, 1922