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Christmas is upon us once again and it is important to be reminded of its true meaning and importance every year. As we listen to the Christmas carols we are reminded of the themes of peace, love, sharing, praise and great joy. Secular music also bears similar themes, but will include Santa Claus, giving, reindeer, gifts and parties. Overall the theme is one of joy, happiness and celebration.
Christmas is a holiday
Christmas is a time when something tremendously unnatural occurred, something that altered the course of human history 2000 years ago and continues today. That supernatural event was Almighty God expressing his deep love for us by becoming a human being like you and me. The God of all creation who is spirit took on flesh, entered our world to show us what God is like and to show us how we can be at peace with him. But he also came to confront the enemy of peace, joy and life itself, to challenge the supernatural power of darkness. This power is not a blind, impersonal force or the collective elements of what is bad in our world.
God warned us from the outset that his Son would come to earth to rescue us from Satan and spiritual darkness.
Christmas is a holiday where the corridors of heaven echo the announcement that the end is about to begin, his promise is being fulfilled, that God loves you and me very much, and that he is willing to lay down his innocent life for our guilty ones. His love is so strong and powerful he is willing to wait as long as possible for people to come and follow him. How gracious is our God!
All too often we only see half the picture; a wonderful story of a baby born in humble circumstances surrounded by stars, music, angels and great joy. We forget that this great joy is rooted in suffering, death and rejection. From the very beginning of his life on earth, our great enemy tries to either kill him or commit some kind of sin which would render him useless and powerless to help anyone. But Satan is not that powerful and his authority is controlled by God himself. He would soon face defeat as Jesus would die and rise, to rescue you and me from sin and an empty life on earth. It is in knowing Jesus that all of life bursts forth with meaning and value along with inner joy and peace.
This is Christmas, whose purpose will never change and God’s work will last an eternity. Give the greatest gift of all; share Jesus with family and friends.