Hello and Merry Christmas from S.T.I.C.!
So this is Christmas, another one nearly down in the books. Strange how this particular holiday tends to crown the year, having been prepped by department stores to jump to Christmas directly after Halloween, bypassing Thanksgiving almost completely.
Knowing that this holiday has turned into the celebration of the exchange of stuff, perhaps it should behoove us, to remember what we are celebrating on this day. To be honest, I believe we should take it even deeper than that!
What I mean is…
We know that Christmas is supposed to be the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, right? And yes, there are about 50 different reasons not to take part in Christmas “stuff,” due to the paganistic and ritualistic elements that have been stirred into the soup.
My personal opinion and outlook in this, is that the Lord knows your heart. Whether it be on Christmas, or at a Superbowl party, If you are celebrating Christmas without Christ, then it’s no different of a holiday than Halloween as far as I can tell.
However, if you are celebrating the birth of Jesus, then then I can’t see any harm doing it on the 25th any more than it would be a bother on the 26th.
That’s how I feel about it anyhow, and I know full well that there are a slew of people that like to bicker back and forth about whether or not Christmas should be celebrated. Anytime I write anything about Christmas, I feel the need to write something like the above as a disclaimer of sorts. Ah well…
There is something that the Lord has placed on my heart to write concerning this Christmas in particular.
Bring it back to the Father
There is nothing to take away from the birth of the Lord. It was and is a monumental event, one which the world has been incrementally snubbing out through time. Well, trying to anyhow. Were it not for the birth of the Lord, there would have been no sacrifice made to atone for sin- once for all.
That said, let’s step it back a bit farther…
There are some things that we may miss, due to the fact that we’re not given physical accounts through the Bible, but must be true. Spiritual things that took place behind the scenes that are easily taken for granted.
Whether it was at the point of the Holy Spirit entering into Mary, the day of his birth, or at any moment in between, Jesus left Heaven, and the side of his Father, to be born into the earth. Understanding through the Word of God the closeness between Jesus and the Father, I can’t imagine that his departure was in any way a celebration in the Father’s heart.
In fact, he knew full well he was sending his Only Begotten Son off to die. Remember, Jesus was around long before he was brought into the earth, and can be found all over the Old Testament.
John 1 King James Bible
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 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.
The Father extended joy, peace, and good will toward man by sending his Son, but that was all toward us, not toward what he had to do. I can’t imagine that the Father took joy knowing that he sent one third of himself away to be persecuted, tortured, and to suffer the death of the cross. Despite all this, just the separation must’ve grieved the Father’s heart.
Because God is God, we tend to only place two common attitudes toward him. Pleased or wrathful. We tend to forget how tender his heart is, how tender his love for us all is, and how beloved his Son is to him- before, during, and after his time on earth.
If we are celebrating and giving honor to the Father and toward Jesus about his victory over death on the cross during Resurrection Day, Perhaps we should also see Christmas as the day the Father had to hand over his Son, and all of the heaviness that he felt that day, as well as the Savior being born into the world.
John 3:13-17 King James Bible
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Thanks for Reading!
Have a safe and Merry Christmas everybody, and may the Lord be stirred in your hearts continually, no matter what you find yourself doing this holiday season, in Jesus name!
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