Christmas–God’s D-Day!

December 26, 2008 by  
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Christmas –GOD’S D-DAY!

(Take time to read Revelation 12:1-11)

 Look through your Christmas cards and note the variety of symbols that have edged their way into the celebration. If they are a “Happy Holidays” type cards, they will picture everything from New England towns buried in snow, to Santa and his reindeer. The religious cards focuses for the most part on the holy family and you don’t have to look very close to tell that they are really different from the rest of us. In fact, they are usually pictured with gold halos around their heads, amidst scenes of silent night were all is calm, and all is bright. Most of the cards stress words like love, peace, goodwill, cheer, happiness, and warmth. The truth of the matter is that we have taken the meaning of Christmas and rhymed it in carols, recited it by children in church plays, illustrated it on Christmas cards, so that it all it does is evoke the warm-fuzzies in our hearts. As a result, we have missed the central message altogether, i.e., Christmas was God’s D-Day — the Great Invasion — The Visitation from on High for the purpose of Liberation — A Declaration that the Final War was about to be fought and won by a Big God who would succeed by becoming incredibly little and dying horribly on a cross, rising triumphantly from the grave, and ascending victoriously to the place of absolute authority in Heaven, sending back One just like Him without a body –Holy Spirit, and then send out Spirit-filled, gospel-declaring believers to the ends of the earth until every foe is vanquished and Christ is Lord indeed! (Great God on Heaven – I just got the can’t-help-its! –GLORY TO GOD IN The HIGHEST!!)

 It’s highly unlikely that you’ll get a Christmas card with a picture on it of a screaming pregnant woman clothed with the sun and standing on the moon; with a seven-headed, crowned fiery red dragon standing before her waiting to kill and consume her baby! Yet Revelation 12 is a behind the scenes look at what Christmas was all about. With just a few words, John’s revelation summarizes and joins together the whole of Jesus’ life, from birth to ascension. It lets us peer into the world of ultimate reality – the spiritual realm of the heavenlies. It shows us what was really happening at the birth of the Son of God. It shows the proper response when hardships, persecution, and heartaches come one’s way. It shows how to be victors in life and not victims; how to conquer and not just cope with evil men and events. It shows how to face the future, not with a get-me-out-of-here outlook, but a let’s-get-it-on type of confidence that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation; that even though the spiritual war goes on today, the decisive battle has already been fought and won by the Man-Child, Warrior-Shepherd-King-Messiah – Jesus!

 Because Jesus was born, God has spoken finally and forever in the SON, life has purpose, love will win the day and last forever, the record of history has reason, Satan has lost and can’t ever win, death has lost its victory and the grave has been denied. Those who have come to Him in repentance and faith have been liberated from slavery to Satan and sin, crowned as king’s kids in training for reigning, and ordained as priest unto God and as Prophets going forth declaring, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

Have a “Mary” Christmas!

Wade

 

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