Originally posted 2015-12-20 08:00:00.
Well my lovely wife Elyntia informed me that Christmas is next Friday and wanted to know what I was writing for it. And that’s when I realized I was typing along on a post that had very little to do with Christmas. Okay, it had nothing to do with Christmas at all. Which leaves me with a question, what am I going to talk about?
I watched a video today that hit me pretty hard, it was a Matt Chandler sermon talking about Prosperity Gospel and how it doesn’t really line up to what Scriptures tell us. Now, it didn’t hit me hard because it was new to me but because of the Season we’re in right now.
A lot of this season has become about how many gifts we’re going to get and how much food we’re going to gorge ourselves upon. Don’t get me wrong, gifts and food are great things. But, I’d like to mention that we’ve already been offered a gift that will carry us much farther than any XBox, turkey dinner or anything purely material for that matter. The reminders of those gifts are quite fresh in my mind, I was baptized two weeks ago and it was a tremendous experience.
Christmas, we’re to celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ into our world to live with us. He was born here, lived a life in perfect accordance with the Law of God and died here for us, all of us who would believe in Him. He took our place on the cross, paid our debt for the sins we have committed so that we wouldn’t have to. Substitutionary atonement, it’d be like you murdering someone and being sentenced to serve a prison sentence and someone in the court room saying “Hold up, I’ll go to jail for them.” and the judge replying with “Okay you go to prison and YOU go free.” How crazy is that? We’re offered this gift and yet we ask for more and more and more. I’m not trying to claim any innocence here; I’m just as guilty.
What I’d like to suggest is that we take a few moments this year to think about the gift we’ve been offered and for just a little bit forget about all the THINGS, X Boxes, turkey dinners, trips to warmer countries and all of that STUFF. In the end, there’s only one thing that matters and that is Jesus Christ coming to do what we can’t.
This post isn’t as wordy as it normally would be but hopefully it gives you something to consider over the next few days. I’d like to take this last little bit to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas.