Holiday, or Holy Day?

Posted: December 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
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He moved in three houses down the street, and we eventually became very good friends. He tells the story of growing up and making some other friends, with a group of ants. He discovered them getting off the bus from school. They had built their mound in the empty lot across the street from his house. And in his own words, he would visit them everyday after school.

One day, he noticed a “Sold” sign on the property. Immediately he thought, they will clear this lot and begin construction on a new house. “My friends, the ants, are in danger.” So he stood over their ant hill, and began to tell them, “You have to move, you are going to die. You are in grave danger. Move somewhere else.” But all of his efforts were to no avail.

He later said it occurred to him, “If I could become an ant, I could communicate with them, and lead them to safety.” Of course he couldn’t do that. Was it a true story? I don’t know. Terry said that he it was so. But there is a true story that has some similarity.

Mankind was in grave danger. Sin bears a severe consequence of spiritual death. Separation from God, not for the short term, but for all eternity. How does God communicate to mankind? He sent the prophets. He sent the law. He gave the sacrificial system. But ultiamtely, He became a man. That is the story of Christmas. Immanuel, God with us.

We call it the Incarnation. That God clothed Himself in human flesh, was born as a baby in Bethlehem. He grew to be a man, and lived a life without sin, calling people to repent and turn to God. Ultimately, he went to a cross, and there became the perfect sin offering. He bore our guilt, our shame, our sin. He paid in full a debt we owed and could not pay. So that God the Father was perfectly pleased.

Buried, He rose again. And now He says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. Come to the Father, by me.” (John 14:6).
In the midst of the tinsel, the presents, the mistletoe, the tree and lights, don’t miss the fact that Christmas is God becoming man, born as a baby in Bethlehem. It is not a holiday, but a holy day.

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