For me, when I attempt leave the real worlds (Spiritual and physical) and enter the less real one (virtual), it’s easy to become caught up in the “Christmas spirit.” I visit all the blogs, and they all say our religious seasonal cliches, even though they truly mean it, and then I rush over to WordPress to put in my two cents worth (again cliche), and we feel our hearts elevated for a time, and then things go back to normal. But are we content to keep these truths bottled up for the year? or is the year like our days: we keep these spiritual “bookends” in the morning and evening, and fight to get by the rest of the time. Truth is, we have enough in the Christmas season alone, corrupt as it may be, to keep us going. That’s to say nothing of the morning and evening quiet times, the books, the sermons twice a week, and every such influence that surrounds us. We’ve got treasures of truth: God, how are we to make much of this?
What messages does Christ’s incarnation leave us with that should stay with us? Jamie reminded us of them last evening from Isaiah 9; where else can we look?
All scripture is from God, so we shouldn’t over reverence one part over another, but what message did God especially send to the lowly that would listen when He sent His Son (Luke 2)? (btw isn’t it amazing, that when the Son of God Almighty was born, His Father sent shepherds to be His worshipers?)
Well, the first message, in order, was this: “Fear not.” Why? “For unto you is born this day in the city of Bethlehem, a Savior.” There are so many cliches about not fearing. But, really, can you imagine the seriousness of this message? For the Christian, Christ’s coming meant that perfect love would cast out fear. By His merits, we need no longer fear to come before God Almighty; His coming, and living, and dying, is what gives weight to every command against inordinate guilt in the New Testament. He allows Christians who talk about their sin, which grieves them, to say “but..Christ.” Saints and Sinners, surely this day it is brought home to you how we are to plead the merits of Christ without fear if you will not come to God, you are not just rejecting an invitation; you disobey a command.
The Holy God became man, and He tells us “Fear not.”
But what about this: Christ came, Why? The angels used their thousand voices to shout out the reason: the reason why He came, and lived a life of love among enemies (aka us); patience among apostates (aka us); a life of stretching out His hand towards those He knew would betray Him and run, and saying of them, us, “Behold, my mother and my brethren.” His family. The reason why He became the personification of everything His Father hated in His church, and was willingly crushed, at the Father’s pleasure. The reason was this: “Glory to God in the Highest.” The great reason the God-Man exists is that. God’s glory.
For that Christ came. And it’s what I want too. I wish this “Christmas Spirit” would permeate all. God help us.
Gory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace and good will towards men. For some reason, God has linked His greatest glory with our greatest good. His being glorified brought us peace. His glorifying Himself brought the unveiling of His love. That’s what the incarnation, the great, profound, mystical joining together of God and Man, that display of Deity veiled and yet unveiled, should mean.
All Glory to God, our Father. And the peace which passeth understanding in the hearts of His own.
Sinner, run to Him, and you will find peace.
God bless you.