I have noticed that there are many ways that people express their greetings during the Christmas season. Some say Merry Christmas, some say Happy Holidays, and some say Season's Greetings. When you browse through the greeting cards at the store, there are usually these different categories.
I've always believed that this time of year was about the birth of Jesus Christ, and therefore, Christmas was the only way to identify it. But we are now finding ourselves living in a different world than the one I grew up in, and now there are other names that people want to call it.
Now, why is this? Are there by any chance people out there who don't recognize Christ, and they don't want to give Him the honor that He deserves? Are there people out there who are walking the fence and don't want to offend anyone who doesn't believe in Him? Which one are you?
The Bible has several verses that talk about acknowleging Jesus, and I would like to share them with you. Matthew 10:32-33 says "Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in heaven."
Luke 12:8 tells us "I tell you, whoever acknowledges Me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God." Wow! And wait, there's one more! 1 John 4:3 tells us "But every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world."
Please know that we are indeed in the endtimes before the coming of Christ again, and Satan is working overtime to cause people to stray away from the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life there ever was, and that is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. God tells us not to put any other gods before Him. Even people who mean well, who attend church, who call themselves Christians, and are kind to others, can be deceived.
But take note: 1 John 4:4 tells us "You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them (the spirits of the antichrist), because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. To continue: "They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us..." 1 John 4:5-6
So, my point is this: If you are truly a follower of Jesus Christ, then be careful the next time you give this season's greetings. Merry Christmas gives honor to our precious Lord and Savior. The other greetings are for the world.
Merry Christmas Everyone!!