"Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere, that Jesus Christ is born."
Christian thoughts about Christmas-time
I love the book of John in the Bible. In this book the mystery of Christ is written so beautifully.
“ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. “ John 1:1-2
"Through Him all things were made: without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.” John 1:3-4
I also love the book of Hebrews in the Bible. In the mystery of Hebrews it is revealed how the OT Judaism law had come to an end through the fulfillment of Christ. This book goes back and forth to the law of Moses and returns to the outpouring of love and grace through Jesus. Hebrews along with John describes the majesty of God, who God is, and what He has done. They both mention in essence that the Lord Christ Jesus stepped out of heaven to do the will of God the Father.
While I refer to the Bible as, in some ways a mystery, it really isn’t when you read it cover to cover that allows the illumination of the Holy Spirit to speak. I have most certainly studied it, using Bible dictionaries and church history to confirm its authenticity. But I am convinced that to know truth as it originated from God, one must believe by faith and trust the words…
“ He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, (Meaning the Jewish people), but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God--- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:9-13
I say this because I’ve been thinking about Christmas. I do not support or oppose what many people refer to as the ‘war on Christmas.’ From a Christian perspective the discussion is far too limited to a debate on political correctness. Any conversation on Christmas should involve a discussion which should delve deeper into faith itself. After all, Satan could care less if people buy a bunch of toys, cashmere, and diamonds, and spend money. He could care less about Wal-Mart’s profits or how Wall Street is doing in December. It’s laughable to think that the war is about Christmas. No, the war isn’t about a pagan day on which many ignorant folks think Jesus was born and use as an excuse to embrace gluttony in shopping, eating, drinking, partying, and the like. If people actually believed in Jesus and really thought this was His birthday, there would exist a true sense of awe and reverence among the masses of revelers, among whom would readily tell you that they refer to themselves as "Christians."
It doesn’t matter that we say on December 25 Jesus was born. What is most significant is that ‘HE CAME INTO THE WORLD’ in which He created, to do the Fathers will and to offer reconciliation for us: that we may have Eternity with Him. That should cause us to celebrate every day. If we understand that, then we can better understand the true nature of the spiritual war which has existed since the time of the fall of Adam and Eve. In understanding that, we can come to grips with Satan's continual attack on the believers and followers of Christ.
I have no issue with the idea of Christmastime being a season of remembrance for Christians.
I do feel that a skirmish exists with rulers, powers, authorities, and evil forces (Ephesians 6:12) at this time of year in the songs that are song. Think about it. Many homes have beautiful Christian music playing. On Christmas Eve and Christmas day churches are singing songs that praise and recall the Lords arrival in a manger. The words, so familiar from childhood, fall off our lips. While they sound pretty and sweet, many people probably don't even believe the words they're singing.
Perhaps the 'political correctness' angle and the resultant confusion are Satan's way of taking our collective eye off the ball. Maybe all of the strife, debate, pressure and self indulgence is to cause upheaval and keep people from truly knowing God…
But what if, just what if, all the people in homes and congregations at Christmas time fell to their knees, embraced the whole story of the gospel and so were saved? What if people rededicated themselves to drawing closer to God and recognizing His love for mankind? What if people turned away from evil and toward righteousness in His name?
Now THAT would be a Christmas miracle.
"THEN LET US ALL WITH ONE ACCORD
SING PRAISES TO OUR HEAVENLY LORD,
THAT HATH MADE HEAVEN
AND EARTH OF NAUGHT
AND WITH HIS BLOOD
MANKIND HATH BOUGHT
NOEL NOEL NOEL
BORN IS THE KING OF ISREAL"