The Theology of Christmas
Philippians 2:5–11; Isaiah 52:13-15
December 20, 2009, [Excerpt*] -- I read an article written by a leader in the Episcopalian diocese of Los Angeles, who recently appointed a lesbian woman as its leader. And this representative of Episcopalianism wrote this.
“There are few causes to which I am more passionately committed than that of Santa Claus. Santa Claus deserves not just any place in the church, but the highest place of honor, where he should be. [..] Santa Claus indeed deserves the exalted and enthroned place in the church for he is God the Son, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. I’ve seen him in the toy store. I even saw him in his car on the freeway the other day. And when I saw him with his crazy beard and his baggy suit, I saw more than the seasonal merchant of cheap plastic toys, I saw no less than the triune God.” [sic]
Huh? I mean, have you ever heard anything more convoluted than that? [..]
Enough foolish talk about 'Santa.'
Philippians 2:5 is the theology of Christmas. My intention today is to be straightforward and just tell the real story of the birth of Christ and have you make no mistake about its genuine significance.
Christ Jesus, Who, although He existed as the form of God, took the form of a servant. He took the form of a slave and became in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [..]
God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name, which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-12 [more]
Jesus Christ = IS CHRISTMAS
Pastor John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
13248 Roscoe Blvd., Sun Valley, CA 91352
*Full transcript here: https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/80-354
*Full 45 min video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhbWlk88kEE
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