He bowed his head and wept in bitter despair, for he could offer her no hope beyond the grave. Suddenly he was awakened by the choir practicing the familiar Christmas carols. "Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the new born King" Joy filled his soul as he realized as never before, the importance of Christ's coming!

This morning, I want us to consider what life would be like "If Christ Had Not Been Born!"

 

(1) IF CHRIST HAD NOT BEEN BORN, WE WOULD HAVE A GOD WITHOUT

HONOR

PSALM 145:17—"The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works."

*If Christ Had Not Been Born:

A. GOD’S CHARACTER WOULD HAVE BEEN PROVEN UNTRUTHFUL.

Truth is one of the character attributes of our heavenly Father!

Deuteronomy 32:4 tells us, "He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he."

Psalm 117:2 assures us, "For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth forever. Praise ye the LORD."

We read in Romans 3:4b"Let God be true, but ever man a liar..."

Paul tells us that as believers we live "In hope of eternal Life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began" (Titus 1:2).

If there is one thing that we can count on in this crazy world in which we live it is the integrity of God! But if Christ had not been born, God would be a liar! Why? Because He promised to send a redeemer to the world all the way back in Genesis chapter three!

Also:

B. GOD’S PROMISES WOULD HAVE BEEN FOUND UNTRUSTWORTHY.

Remember the promise God made to the serpent in Genesis 3:15 which says,

"And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heal," That promise would never have been fulfilled! All the prophecies concerning Messiah given by God to the Old Testament prophets would be null and void!

But God, who is TRUTH, because of His foreknowledge, looked down the avenue of history and knew that man, after his creation would sin and need a Savior! That Savior was Jesus, God's Son, who was born just as all the prophets declared! The very character of God depended on the promises He had made. If Christ had not been born, God's very character would have proven dishonorable and His promises untrustworthy!

There are four words I wish we would never forget, and they are,

"God keeps His word"

Listen to these recent statistics:

A USA Today poll found that only 56% of American teach honesty to their children. And a Louis Harris poll turned up the distressing fact that 65% of high school students would cheat on an important exam. Recently a noted physician appeared on a network news-and-talk show and proclaimed, "Lying is an important part of social life, and children who are unable to do it are children who may have developmental problems."

I’m happy to report to you today that our God is not a liar! Amen!

IF CHRIST HAD NOT BEEN BORN, WE WOULD HAVE A GOD WITHOUT HONOR but also…

(2) IF CHRIST HAD NOT BEEN BORN, WE WOULD HAVE A BIBLE WHICH IS INACCURATE AND INCOMPLETE

PSALM 119:89—"Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven."

A. THE BIBLE IS PRECIOUS IN ITS MESSAGE.

I love the BIBLE this morning! I love to read the BIBLE, to study the BIBLE, and to preach from the BIBLE! One of the reasons I love the BIBLE so much is that it doesn't just contain the TRUTH, but it is the TRUTH!

Psalm 19:7-11 tells us, "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb."

Abraham Lincoln said, "I have but to say, the BIBLE is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it, we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man's welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it." (Albert M. Wells, Jr. Inspiring Quotations-Contemporary & Classical. p. 15).

That "…for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.," is the most precious message this world has ever received!

The angel’s pronouncement in Luke 2:11"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord," gave unto mankind the promise of hope, help, and Heaven!

So the Bible is precious in it’s message! And,

 

B. THE BIBLE IS PROFOUND IN ITS MESSAGE.

The BIBLE is our foundation for hope, encouragement, and strength! If it is untrue, we have no hope at all!

The message that God sent His only Son, who took upon Himself the likeness of man, was born of a virgin, died on a Cross for our sins and raised again for our justification is a message that is incomprehensible, incredible and incomparable!

 

C. THE BIBLE IS PERFECT IN ITS MESSAGE.

Majestic as the Old Testament is, with its unfolding of the person and purpose of God, without the New Testament it would be but a broken arc of Divine revelation!

We would have a Revelation without a Realization! A Prophecy without a Fulfillment! A Story without an Ending! If Jesus had not been born, we would have an incomplete BIBLE! There would have been no babe in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. No miracles, no teachings, no

Parables, no betrayal, no trial, no crucifixion, and no resurrection!

The Old Testament without the New would have been as a bridge that went only half way over the chasm of human darkness.

We read in Malachi 4:5-6—"Behold, I will send Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse."

Malachi 4:6, the last verse in the O.T. ends with the word "curse". What a tragic ending to the first half of the BIBLE, beginning as it does with the sublime sentence, "In the beginning God..."

First, God's creation-and then a curse. This is the story of the Old Testament! This curse fell upon all men because of SIN!

Galatians 3:10 tells us, "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them."

That was the predicament of all men before Christ was born into this world:under the curse…under the law! How miserable we would be if we had been left under a curse!

But God came to our rescue!

The angel of the Lord told Joseph concerning Mary in Matthew 1:21—"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." The angel told the shepherds in Luke 2:11—"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."

Galatians 4:4-5 says, "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."

Jesus became a curse for us who were under the curse to deliver us from the curse!

Galatians 3:13 tells us, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree."

Jesus hung on that old rugged Cross to deliver us from the law's curse and condemnation of sin!

2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."

If we had only the Old Testament with all its exhortations, promises, and prophecies; one could rightly ask, "Where is the other half of the Book?"

Something, no SOMEONE is missing!

Revelation 22:21 ends this way, "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

Amen."

The Bible ends with a blessing, not a curse. Jesus brought this blessing to man!

John 1:17 says, "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." Christ, through His birth brought us the fulfillment of God's purpose!

IF CHRIST HAD NOT BEEN BORN, WE WOULD HAVE A GOD WITHOUT HONOR AND A BIBLE WHICH IS INACCURATE AND INCOMPLETE and…

(3) IF CHRIST HAD NOT BEEN BORN, THE WORLD WOULD HAVE NEVER

SEEN ITS ONLY PERFECT MAN

1 TIMOTHY 3:16—" And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."

  1. HE IS THE SUM OF DIVINE PERFECTION.

In Christ Jesus, we have the sum of divine perfection. He is the sum of all human virtues. The flower of humanity!

Colossians 2:9 tells us, "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily."

In Christ, God revealed Himself to man in human flesh.

John 1:14 says, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

He was perfect man and yet perfect God! He lived 33 years in this world, but never sinned!

 

B. HE IS THE DIVINE PATTERN.

He left for us an example of love, holiness, forgiveness, and forbearance! The "best" man in our world today is tainted with sin! But Christ "knew no sin."

1 Peter 2:21-23 says of Him, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously."

When He came to this world, He found it a darken and barren place, but He left the light of His love in it, so men could walk in His light!

John says of Him in John 1:9—"That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."

Jesus said of Himself in John 8:12—" I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

The whole world, ruined by the fall, would still abide in darkness, if He had not come!

But Jesus came and broke the power of sin!

Luke 19:10 says, "…the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."

Christ's birth spelled man's deliverance! He was the perfect sacrifice Who died for the sins of all!

But if the Christ born in Bethlehem is not born in your heart today, Christmas avails you nothing! This would truly be a meaningless Holiday!

IF CHRIST HAD NOT BEEN BORN, WE WOULD HAVE A GOD WITHOUT HONOR, A BIBLE WHICH IS INACCURATE AND INCOMPLETE, THE WORLD WOULD HAVE NEVER SEEN ITS ONLY PERFECT MAN and finally…

(4) IF CHRIST HAD NOT BEEN BORN, MAN WOULD BE FORCED TO FACE

ETERNITY WITHOUT HOPE!

1 John 3:5—"And ye know that he was manifested to take away oursins; and in him is no sin."

1 John 3:8b—"For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil."

  1. CHRIST WAS BORN TO GIVE US HOPE BEYOND THE GRAVE.
  2. Christ was born to deliver us from our sins and give us a "living hope!'

    1 Peter 1:3-5 says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."

    Titus 3:5-7 tells us, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."

    By His Coming, Christ brought life and immortality to life through the gospel! He is our Hope and without Him there is no hope!

  3. CHRIST WAS BORN TO GIVE US A HOME IN GLORY.

Christ brought a complete revelation of the hereafter. He spoke about Heaven (John 14:1-3)! He spoke about hell (Luke 16:19-31). In fact, He spoke more about hell than He did Heaven, showing us the importance of being prepared to meet Him!

If He had not been born, ALL of us would have to look forward to an eternity in hell! But Christ was born and died and rose again that all who believe in Him can be saved!

Each person must choose to either spend eternity in Heaven or in hell!

(John 3:16-18).

Jesus said in our text in John 15:22—"If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin." Since he came there is no cloak, no covering, no excuse.

I’ll close with this true story:

A woman by the name of Sandy Willey related a Christmas story that occurred during World War II. A woman named Anne took her two little children to Texas to be with her parents because her husband was stationed in Europe. And as they prepared for Christmas, and got the tree up and all the gifts bought and were enjoying the joy of Christmas, almost putting aside the worry of the war, about one week before Christmas, they got that dreaded knock on the door and the terrible telegram greeting.

That mother had to tell the children that day, "daddy wouldn’t be coming home for Christmas, not now, not ever." And then Anne went up to her room to weep alone. And grandma and grandpa debated about what to do and finally they decided to take down the Christmas tree and the decorations and put the presents away. When Anne came out of the room and saw everything empty and put away she said, "Mother what have you done." And her mother said, "Your so broken hearted, your father and I talked and decided this is no time for Christmas." And Anne said, "Oh, no mother, bring the tree back, Christmas was made for times such as these."

If Christ had not been born, we would all have no hope. But we are here today because Christ was born, and Christ lived a sinless life, died to pay for our sins, rose again for our justification and lives forevermore preparing a place for us in heaven!

What about you today? Have you put your faith and trust in Christ for your soul’s salvation? If not, you’ve missed the whole meaning of Christmas. Trust Him today. Let’s pray.