Merry Christmas?

As we approach the Christmas season my heart has been turned to think on that happening some two thousand years ago. If you really set and think on that historical event it is pretty amazing.

 

For a second, just think about the origins of Christmas as if you did not subscribe to the Christian faith. Is it still not amazing to you that a set of beliefs says that God of the universe became human to live among those he loved with a specific purpose of revealing God and reconciling the broken things to wholeness? That is pretty extravagant and a mighty claim, don’t you think? It is pretty cosmic if you ask me.

 

I started thinking about this as I am studying Colossians. The theme of Colossians is that Christ is Lord over all of creation, including the invisible realm. He has secured redemption for his people, enabling them to participate with him in his death, resurrection and fullness (ESV Study Notes) WHAT?? That is amazing, right?

 

It says in chapter 1, verse 19 that the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in Christ. God, the God of the universe, dwelled in Christ. Christmas is when that Christ-child came onto Earth; the God-man came to Earth. Think of God conceived in a woman’s body. Born in a rural area like many other babies at that time. 

 

And to think, through that baby there was to be a reconciliation to himself of all things and he would make peace by the blood of his cross. We, the human race, were alienated and hostile in mind because we were sons and daughters of Adam. That means that Adam chose to walk outside of God’s  instructions knowing full well that it would create a separation for all of eternity between him and God. But God rich in mercy and forgiveness came to Earth. Through the reconciliation offered by this Christ-child one can be presented as holy, blameless, above reproach and no longer separated from the Holy God.

 

The Earth received Jesus Christ the Lord. God was pleased to dwell inside his son Christ and sent him to Earth. Wow. I could write that sentence over and over and still be stunned.  Think on that wander this Christmas season. Ask God to turn your heart to the facts and reality of the event. Do a little research. Look up some liturgy readings. When singing Christmas hymns listen and understand the words you are singing.

 

And then….CELEBRATE!  “…as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. ….For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. …And you, who were dead in your trespasses…God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of deb that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, triumphing over them in him.” Colossians 2:6-15 abbreviated

 

For this reason alone doesn’t it make you want to play Christmas music before Thanksgiving!?!

 

Joy to the World 

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

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