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The Supremacy of Christ to Christmas

The book of Hebrews is a book of majesty and supreme glory. To many readers the book is filled with obscure references to Jewish traditions, Levitical practices and Old Testament instructions. If that is all you see in Hebrews, you miss the whole point. The whole point is Jesus. Throughout that great book He is lifted up as greater than everything the Jewish people considered most important. The author of Hebrews begins with a resounding statement of the supreme greatness of Christ, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath now in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by who also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory, the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” The book begins with Christ’s supreme greatness as the Son of God, the revelation of God, the Creator and Sustainer of all and the sole Author of salvation. From that pinnacle of Christ, the book begins to reveal, piece by piece, how Christ is greater than all that the Jews esteemed most. He is revealed as greater than the angels. Christ is revealed as greater than the Aaronic priesthood. Christ is revealed as greater than that greatest of Old Testament prophets, Moses. Christ is revealed as greater than Melchizedek and Melchizedek’s priesthood. Christ is revealed as greater than the old covenant given to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and all of Israel. Christ is revealed as greater than all the thousands of sacrifices and offerings that had been poured out over the centuries. In the end of the book Christ is revealed as greater than all His suffering, as greater than the salvation He gives and finally as greater than the church. The consideration of Christ as revealed in the book of Hebrews should leave us breathless, amazed and terrified.

The Christmas season is a time of rejoicing and wonder. To many viewers Christmas is filled with brilliant lights, beautiful decorations, gifts, family, traditions, feasting and wonderful memories. If that is all you see in Christmas, you miss the whole point. The whole point is Jesus. Throughout this great season, He should be lifted up as greater than everything the sentiment of this season considers as most important. For many the Christmas celebration begins with decorating the house and putting up the tree. For the believer, it should begin with something along the lines of the prophecies of Isaiah. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” The pinnacle of the Christmas season is not the star on the tree. The highlight of the time should not be the ravenous tearing and ripping open of presents. The height of Christmas should be Christ. Is there anything more marvelous at this time than the consideration that God would wrap Himself in the frail flesh of fallen man? Is anything more breathtakingly beautiful than the knowledge that Christ would willingly empty Himself and become a man, a servant and a curse? Is there anything that can compete with the mind boggling thought that God being placed in a feed trough was His plan and that God being nailed to a cross was His intention? To astound us even further, we find that this marvelous incarnation and suffering was His aim before He ever created a single thing. What in this season can compare to the supreme, surpassing overwhelming greatness of Christ? This pinnacle should be real. Just as the summit of Mt. Everest towers over all its surroundings, unmistakable and obvious to all for miles around, so should the Summit of our season tower over all our festivities, unmistakable and obvious to all who view our celebrations. Let Christ’s supremacy be clearly seen in this season of the year that is dedicated to the celebration of His incarnation.

I pray you will have a blessed time in fellowship with friends and families as you rejoice together in the birth of Christ this Christmas season.