If Christ Had Not Come

Last night Skip and I had the pleasure of seeing the Christian film, “Courageous”. 
And I will plug the movie by telling you, if you have an opportunity to see it, do!!

As we were driving home from Gainesville, we were talking about the film and this thought crossed my mind. .
What if Christ had never been born?
What if there was no Christmas?

Now that’s not to say that Jesus Christ did not exist, I am just asking what life might be like if God had not sent Him to live as the Man of sorrows, allowing Him to remain seated on the throne.

I can’t say that I’ve ever heard anyone consider the ramifications!!

So here are my thoughts on the question. . . . .

First of all, there would be no Bible.  Oh, the Jews might still have their Hebrew Bible which includes the Torah, but the Bible as we know it, with the 27 books of the New Testament would never have been printed.  And the Old Testament would be a lot shorter because it would not include the 366 prophecies concerning Jesus Christ, which by the way, have all been fulfilled against one in a million million odds!

If Christ had not been born in that little town of Bethlehem and we didn’t have the Bible with the New Testament, we could not know God.  In John 14:9, Jesus said, the one who has seen Me has seen the Father“.  God is revealed in the Bible.  And the Bible is the revelation of Christ.

If there were no Bibles, if Jesus had not been born, if we could not know God then our sins could not be forgiven.  God is holy, and as our holy God, though He might want to enjoy our fellowship, He cannot, for we are sinners.  But Jesus came so that our sins could be forgiven and we could know God and have fellowship with Him. 

No Bibles, no Jesus, don’t know God, no prayers answered, in fact, no reason to pray! 
Without Jesus as our Great High Priest, interceding for us, there would be no reason to pray.  Quite possibly, that word ‘pray’ would never have been spoken!
In Hebrews 4:14-19 we can read,  “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to the confession.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.  Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.”  (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=hebrews%204&version=HCSB

And in Hebrews 9:11 & 12 it says, ” But the Messiah has appeared, high priest of the good things that have come. In the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands (that is, not of this creation),  He entered the most holy place once for all, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.”  (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/search=Hebrews+9&version=HCSB)

In the movie “Courageous”, the main character’s daughter, a beautiful 9-year-old is killed in an auto accident.  The family is devastated.  But at her funeral, their pastor reminds them of the hope that is in Christ Jesus. 
If Jesus Christ had never come in the flesh, if there was no Christmas, no Bible, no revelation of Himself in His Word, if we were still in our sins and prayers had never been uttered, we would be as ships tossed about on the sea without an anchor.  And isn’t it amazing that the words “hope” and “anchor” are in the same verse. . .

Hebrews 6:19, “We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.”

But praise God, He did come!!  He was born of a virgin, lived without sin, walked and talked and preached and taught.  And when the time came, He laid Himself on that cross so that as He was lifted up, He could draw all men to Himself. John 12:32 
 
Colossians 1:27 tells us that “God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Some days this life on earth seems hopeless.  Trouble all around, finances crumbling, crime on the rise, but imagine for one moment what life on earth would be like if Jesus had never graced this soil with the touch of His perfect feet.  No imagination can create the horrors that would be the everyday existence of humanity if Christ had chosen to remain in heaven.

Instead we have hope. . . .Look for yourself. . . .take time to read about our hope. . . .

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