Let Ev’ry Heart Prepare Him Room ~ Christmas Message 2014

23 Dec

When I first started preaching and teaching on how paganism infiltrated into the churches and how Christmas was actually -banned and made illegal in America up until 1820, not too many people it seemed were unaware of such issues. There were not many articles expounding upon it on the internet either. Now over a decade later it appears to be a very heated debate and there are pages and pages of people discussing this topic, and loads of information and disinformation being exchanged. Sadly there are also people losing their peace as those religious spirits on both sides of the debate are manifesting through them that have a need to feel like they must win such competitions to feel complete in themselves, instead of being complete in Christ. So we have now many people debating all with very strong opinions on whether Christ-Mass should even now be acknowledge, much less celebrate Christmas.

On one side of this debate there are those who want No part of such a celebration, (Think legalism here) claiming how the Bible does not even hint at celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth in such a way as we celebrate. They will point out how Christmas actually came to us as a Roman Catholic mass. That the word “Christmas” means “Mass of Christ” which goes against the Holy Word of God. For as the Catholics believe that during communion the elements of the (Eucharist), of bread and fruit of the vine, are actually transformed into the actual body and blood of Jesus; so that they are to believe they are no longer bread and wine but only retain their appearance of bread and wine like an illusion. Sorry no offence to our Catholic friends but nowhere have I found in the Holy Scriptures this teaching. We do find however that the Lord Jesus/Yeshua clearly stated that the words He was speaking were spiritual words when talking about eating his flesh and drinking his blood: John 6:63,”It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

Did Jesus mean to say anywhere they were literal words here? Did He say that they were His actual body and blood? Before any of our Catholic friends object here and say that Jesus clearly said, “This is My blood . . . ” and “This is my body . . . ” Yes indeed this is absolutely true, however keeping it all in proper perspective the Lord Jesus appears that he frequently spoke in spiritual terms as well: for example when He said “I am the bread of life,” (John 6:48); “I am the door,” (John 10:7,9); “I am the resurrection and the life,” (John 11:25); “I am the true vine,” (John 15:1), etc.
So where did the Catholic Church get this idea from to celebrate the Mass of Christ? Seems there is a strong connection here that was made with the heathen celebration of the 25th December, as the birthday of Sol the Sun god also called Mithra. These celebration appear to have come from an ancient rite of BAALISM, which our Holy Guide Book to the Supernatural (Bible) condemns as it was idolatrous worship! Jeremiah 23:13,”And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.”

We can trace much of this back to the evil King Nimrod who built the tower of Babel, which may have not been so much a tower in height as it was a power-base that connected the world with magnetic lay lines that may have rivaled today’s internet system. Nimrod was the grandson of Ham, who was the son of Noah. Nimrod was the result of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance when Noah spoke forth a curse. (Genesis 9 & Genesis 10)
Nimrod appeared to have been some sort of Antichrist figure in league with the Nephilim wanting world domination. He basically founded the system we call Babylon with his man made-ruled Nephilim type governments and empires. Wanting to ignore the Word of God so that God’s people should perish. ( Hosea 4:6)

So today we have those who want to argue this thing we call Christmas is nothing more then an adaptation of a pagan festival and they will often point out 2 Corinthians 6:14,” Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
On the other side are those who seem to think that anything less than a grandstand celebration of Christmas which is oddly greatly embrace by those who are also Not Christians is somehow an assault on our faith and one more indication of how godless our culture has truly become. They are the ones who often say, “Keep Christ in Christmas”. Their opponents will counter, How Can We When He Was Never In It To Begin With? ”

Now I must tell you that the Holy Scriptures certainly do not suggest that the Christmas spirit is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. But the facts remain Jesus was born of the virgin Mary. We read in Luke 2:13,” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Let us keep in mind that we are born again spirit filled believers need to still practice Hebrews 12:14,” Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”  How is losing family and friends over such debates and offending each other blessing anyone? So let us continue to do 1 Corinthians 2:16,”For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

Now it appears that Mary was quite young when she married Joseph. She may have only been about 13 or 14 years old when she accepted the Holy Spirit offer, who caused her to carry and give birth to the saviour of the world. No one ever experienced anything like this before in all creation and of course she had to keep quiet about what was happening to her. She couldn’t very well go to her parents and try to explain this phenomenal experience. How would she have explained to her Mum and Dad, “no really you must believe me the Holy Spirit did this to me.”

You know the Gospel is good news and Mary was the first one to bring such extraordinary good news. She was the one used and blessed to fulfill all those ancient prophesies of the coming saviour. But as she was pregnant with the only begotten son of God  she had to keep quiet about this. The Holy Spirit had to then also go and convince Joseph to still marry her. Luke 2:1-7 reveals and confirms the idea that Joseph and Mary, though only betrothed, were actually considered as husband and wife by Jewish customs of that day even though the actual marriage ceremony had not fully taken place yet. Just to assure you that Joseph and Mary were actually legally married before the birth of Jesus though their marriage was not consummated physically until after His birth. So one can only image the gossip that must have gone round in their home town.

Now it is also interesting to note that at the birth of Jesus the Angels couldn’t keep quite, maybe they can’t keep such wonderful news a secret either? Most people seem to keep a secret by only sharing it with one person at a time.
So here the angels opened up from Heaven and make the announcement that we read in Luke 2:11,”For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” That multitude of the heavenly host are praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

I suggest we stay with the facts and teach and preach in such a way the opposition shall have no argument that can ever stand. So let us understand that the “Wise Men”, (Magi)  weren’t at the manger scene and baby Jesus was likely up to 2 years old when they found Him. Matthew 2:11,” And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” The wise men went to a “house” when they visited Jesus, not a stable or barn or cave. Because it appears by the time the “Wise Men”, actually arrived, Joseph and Mary had settled for time in a home somewhere in Bethlehem.

Now I have wondered at times what it was really like for Mary as she cradled baby Jesus in her arms knowing who he was. That little infant she held was a manifestation of the living Word of God who spoke the world into existence. What must have gone through her mind as now the same Living Word was making incomprehensible baby noises? Did she understand when she kissed his face she was kissing the face of God?

This time of year many people will go to great lengths to wrap all those presents beautifully. My wife can tell you this is not one of my gifting’s, I have never really mastered that gift wrapping thing like the experts do it. However Papa God’s gift came to into this world not in wrapped in some beautiful and ornate way, but rather how amazing that the Christ child was born in a stable. We have horses on our small farm here and no matter how much I try to clean up after my horses, the stable is a place that tends to be rather dirty. In this case it may have actually been a stable inside a cold cave in Bethlehem.  So really what a beautiful image when you consider that Jesus took His place in a stable so that we might be able to one day live in a mansion in heaven with Him. Our Savior was not wrapped in expensive satin sheets, but he was wrapped in common rags. Back in that stable rested the greatest gift to the world in the most common of wrappings.

I also like to point out about Papa God’s ultimate gift to us is that we simply don’t deserve it. What kind of amazing agape love is it to share this gift whilst we are still sinning against the Lord. Romans 5:8,”But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” We have done absolutely nothing to deserve such a gift, accept that we accept it in faith. That is the amazing Gospel truth of Christ’s Holy birth. How much more ought we continue now to reach out and love those with the same agape love who act unlovable? John 13:34,” A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

Matthew 5:43,” Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

Christ’s finished work on the cross is available to every person who will simply accept him in faith.
Despite what we have done or who we are, God sent His Son so “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). We simply need to prepare our hearts and meditate on the fact that Jesus was born to die so that we might live eternally with him.

The Lord has sent me to preach and teach the Gospel and that comes with knowing the truth the makes you free. ( John 8:31-32) So it appears to me there are numbers of people who are really want to know why we do the things we do, or where all these customs we celebrate came from! Many obviously have been programmed in their thought life not to dare even ask such questions. So I am just asking here but could the idea that Jesus was born the 25th December, be one of the fables the Apostle Paul warned us about and prophesied would deceive the world in these latter days?

2 Timothy 4:3,” For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

We really must decided do we want the Gospel truth or the traditions of men and devils? For we read in Jeremiah 6:16,”Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”

Now please understand my heart in this because my point here is simply we do need to celebrate the Lord has come and prepare ourselves for His return. “Joy to the world! The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King. Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room.”

On Christmas morning most of us shall be unwrapping our presents, can anyone remember what you were given last year or the year before that? It is good to bless others and our loved ones and receive gifts although eventually the novelty usually wears off. Often times many of the presents you received that once seemed so important to you later ends up forgotten, or discarded or many will be repackaged and given to someone else. Maybe in a short time you will be wanting a newer version of your latest gadget you were given. Maybe technologies shall advance so much more it will have even more megapixels and work faster and better in near future. So in a few months times perhaps your Christmas gifts may actually be somewhat forgotten. However, Papa God has given us the ultimate gift in Christ Jesus and we really need to keep him in the centre of our everyday lives. Let us therefore make the best of celebrating Christ-Birth this year. As the old hymn by Handel has us sing, “Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room.”
As Christmas is almost here again let us not be like the innkeeper who missed Jesus because he did not have the room and was too busy attending to his business that we read about in Luke 2. Let us make time and spend it with our family and friends, but mostly make times to spend alone with the Lord. Let us surrender all the issues in our life to Christ and not be like a King Herod who was entertaining the spirit of fear after gaining knowledge from the wise men that caused him to be too afraid to let baby Jesus grow up and rule his life. So instead he used the power of his kingdom and committed great evil. As we read in Matthew 2:16,”Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.”

Let us moment by moment continue to turn our hearts over to Christ and pray without ceasing as we prepare for His return.

Yes Christmas has many issues but lets not miss this opportunity to bless others and share Christ with them everyday and especially now in this season. Share your testimonies, and how the Lord is still performing healing and miracles today. You help defeat the devil this way. (Revelation 12:11)

Let none of us live our life like those who were in the Roman Empire, who missed seeing Messiah Jesus because they were so confused by all the other false gods and goddesses that took the place of Christ in their lives.

2 Peter 3:8,”But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

As we consider all this and how that this world was not prepared and ready to receive the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Messiah Yeshua when He came the first time. Does it not seem strange to see that after 2 days in Heaven and 2000 years down here on earth so many are still not prepared and ready to receive Him today? However rebellious, intellectually ignorant, and foolish people are today, nothing shall stop all the prophecies of the Holy Bible from being fulfilled. The Lord Jesus told us except you be born again you cannot enter the kingdom of God. (John 3) Those that worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) No matter how we deal with the historical evidence that Christmas is essentially a man made holiday is the irrefutable fact Jesus Christ of Nazareth was born in the city of David and accomplished all He needed to accomplish to make a way possible for sinners like us to become saints.

Luke 2:11,”For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

No matter how you feel lead to celebrate this holiday as the world acknowledges that Jesus/Yeshua did have an actual birthday. I pray blessings on you, exceedingly above and beyond what you can even hope or imagine. All things are possible with God! I pray the Lord’s supernatural peace, healing, provision and protection cover you always with oceans of Agape love in the almighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

PASTOR CASPAR – Pastor, Author, Musician, Artist, Researcher, Lecturer,

Caspar McCloud Ministries ©2014

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