At this time of year it seems like everywhere you turn you see Christmas decorations of one kind or another. Most of them feature a fat guy with a white beard in a red suit or maybe a herd of reindeer pulling a sleigh through the air. I even see a lot of them featuring Frosty the Snowman, although I’ve never figured out what he has to do with Christmas.
We’re inundated with ads about Christmas sales and commercials reminding us how many shopping days we have left, which by the time you read this will be zero. The celebration of Christmas has been totally hijacked by commercialism and images that have nothing to do with what we’re actually celebrating.
As you think about Christmas, please remember what it’s truly about. A little over two thousand years ago Jehovah, who created the heavens and the earth and all the people and animals, allowed God the Father to reduce Him to His raw nature and character and place that into a male sperm which He then placed into an egg of a Virgin. Then that fertilized egg grew to become the baby Jesus.
This event had been foretold by the Prophets centuries earlier—even the place where He would be born. Three magi who weren’t even Israelites were aware of this, and God put it on their hearts to travel from afar to see His Son and bring Him gifts and worship Him.
God knew before He ever created Adam and Eve that they would sin and bring about the fall of mankind and all nature, and He had this plan ready before sin ever occurred. He allowed His Son to be born a man—bringing flesh into the Godhead and divinity into mankind.
Then He allowed His Son to take on our sins, although He Himself was without sin, and to suffer the punishment for those sins so that any of us who accepted Him as our Savior would be spared that punishment. His Son died and went to hell, which is what we sinners deserve, but then He arose from hell, conquering death and hell in the process, as a free gift of salvation to us.
The love that prompted this incarnation and the life, ministry, death and resurrection that followed is beyond our ability to comprehend. It’s the most amazing thing that has taken place in the history of the world.
This is the real story of Christmas. This is what the season is really about. Don’t let department stores and eggnog and decorated trees take your eyes off the true story here.
Remember our Lord and Savior.
If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
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