6 Reasons Why You Should Love Christmas- Part 2

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This is the second post following up on the last one Here where we saw 3 reasons. Today, we look at 3 more;

4. It Rebukes Your Worldliness

One unfortunate thing associated with this season is a growth in worldliness. But as for you Christian, learn from Jesus who, his becoming man didn’t change his being God nor did he fit in with the establishment. “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedience to death – even death on a cross! ” Phil. 2:5-8.

Our Saviour came as a meek servant-king whose aim was not to be served but to serve- laying down his life for sinful humanity. His humility didn’t take away his deity. He suffered, endured and died, obeying his Father (doing his Father’s will) for the salvation of sinful humanity.

The Christmas season then is a time of reflection and thinking of what our servant-king has done for us and living to be like him. Instead of wallowing in worldly living, we embrace humility because that is the way of our Saviour. Instead of selfishness, we embrace selflessness because that is the way of our Saviour. Instead of only receiving, we generously give because that is the way of our Saviour. We are not those who follow the ways of this world, for ‘for we are in the world but not of the world.’

5. It Comforts Your Sorrows

One that I love doing during the Christmas season is to listen to Hendel’s Messiah. Apart from the composition itself being so good, the other thing (most significant) that makes it stand out for me is the richness of its message particularly from prophet Isaiah “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’S hand double for all her sins.” Isa. 40:1-2. At a time when God’s people have experienced exile into Babylon, after suffering and great devastation, they receive this wonderful news from God ‘comfort, comfort’. The comforting has now come because the punishment and service has been completed and sin has been paid for. The message in the verses that follow this is that of a voice calling in the desert prepare the way for the LORD, to make straight a highway for our God. Precisely, the LORD’S coming is what brings this comfort. The LORD himself comes to take away the sorrows of his people. He himself undergoes sorrow, suffering, drinks God’s wrath for our sake. As one hymn writer wrote,

He took my sins and my sorrows,

And made them his very own,

He had no tears for his own griefs,

But sweat drops of blood for mine

This is what Jesus took it all for you and me. Moreover, there’s nothing we can go through right now that he can’t handle. There’s no pain or sorrow we can experience that he isn’t familiar with. He indeed is our faithful high priest who is able to sympathize with us in our troubles and sorrows. This Christmas, we have a place to come to in our sorrows.

6. It Assures You Christian of the Future Hope

Knowing what tomorrow looks like will definitely alter how we do things today. There are those whose lives dramatically change when they get children for they know that apart from just spending for themselves, they have to try and ‘make a future’ for their children. But apart from that, as far as our ability is concerned, none can claim to know exactly how tomorrow will look like in our limited human understanding. We try to predict things, sometimes they come, sometimes they don’t. Yet with Christ’s coming, the future is as brighter and as clearer as it can ever be for Christians. Jesus came in fulfillment of God’s plans in the past and his past coming in itself is a surety of God fulfilling his promises for the future. Indeed ‘all his promises are ‘yes’ in Christ.’

Here is one sure promise that we have as far as our future is concerned;

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”” Rev. 21:1-4.

As Christians, Jesus’ first coming is not the end of the story. There’s another coming. We live between two Advents. The first one has happened, we are awaiting the second one. It’s the second one that will usher in the new heaven and earth that John the Revelator is talking about. In his second coming, the old order of things gives way to the new order of things. In fact, his first coming has already set this motion and every Christian experiences a new sense of things.

The story started with humanity in a garden, having full access to God where he’d ‘hang out’ with them, the story ends with humanity in a garden-city, having full access to God in a much better way, where God isn’t just ‘hanging out with’ but dining with humanity.

As you celebrate Christmas, don’t stop, take that step further to the Second Advent. Herein lies our future hope.

6 Reasons Why You Should Love Christmas

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Christmas season is indeed celebrated yet it also remains the most confused. All over the world, one thing that seems to strongly characterize it is indulgence. This is the time of the year where everyone wants to have a good time reveling. It’s a time for family gatherings, meeting people that you haven’t met in a while, eating, drinking, travelling, receiving and giving gifts. But as all this happens, we get lost into the significance of what this season is all about.

Here’s 6 reasons why you should love Christmas for the celebration it really is;

  1. It’s Good News

When Jesus Christ was born, this is how it was reported “And the angel said to them [the shepherds], “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”” Luke 2:10. The birth of Jesus Christ was not just like any other birth. Here is God coming down, taking on the very nature of man. Jesus means Saviour. He is the one who comes to rescue God’s people from their enemies- the devil, the world and the flesh. Christ means Messiah. He is the anointed one. The one who alone can fulfil all the purposes, promises and intentions of God the Father.

This is good news because he comes to rescue us from our sinfulness and the penalty due our rebellion against God. He’s also defeated that which wars against us- the devil, the world and the flesh. Here’s why this is good news, in Christ Jesus, God is for you and not against you. “that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them…” 2 Cor. 5:19. In Christ, we are reconciled to God, this is good news for you.

  1. It’s So Relevant Today

God created everything perfect. But man rebelled by disobeying and wanting to make himself god. This led to man (and the rest of creation) bearing the curse and being driven out of the Garden of Eden- away from God’s presence to experience pain, death and decay. But as God was pronouncing this judgment, there was also another promise “The LORD God said to the serpent… “I will out enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”” Gen. 3:15. Herein lies the first gospel proclamation. And the rest of the bible’s story is a looking forward to the seed of the woman crushing the head of the serpent.

The coming of Jesus is thus the central/focal point of the whole bible’s grand narrative. Everything looks forward to it and flows from it. we in the 21st century can look back and see that this scripture was fulfilled in history as the Son of God came down, born of a woman, lived his life on earth in anticipation for the crush of the and crushed the serpent by his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. This is news worth receiving in our times. During this season, we can come to Jesus knowing that in him we have victory over everything including death. We have nothing to fear.

  1. It Refocuses Your Love

In the gospel according to John, chapter 8, John records an argument Jesus had with the Pharisees (teachers of the law). When Jesus told them that he is the light of the world and that whoever follows him will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life (v.12), they accuse him of being his own witness thus his testimony invalid (v.13). Of course this is not true, for John the Baptist had already come as a forerunner to Jesus confessing that he was not the Christ but “the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” (1:23). The Pharisees simply didn’t believe Jesus by claiming they are Abraham’s descendants (8:33) and that they have God as Father (v.41). Jesus then strongly answers them “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God [the Father] and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me.” John 8:42.

Here’s the thing, Jesus comes from the Father to do the Father’s will. For us to know the Father, we do that through Jesus- he reveals the Father to us. Consequently, for us to love the Father, we have to love Jesus the Son. No one can claim to know, love, worship the Father when they don’t know, love and worship the Son. We thus have to love Jesus and then let this love redefine all our other loves.

Part two coming soon