The Paradox of Christmas
For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
Colossians 1:19-20 NLT
Through Christ, God “made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”
In recent days, I have thought about the paradox of Christmas. On the one hand, you have a mythical Santa who is an overweight elf that comes down chimneys to bring the gifts we want because we deserve them. His major verbal contribution to history is “ho, ho, ho.”
On the other hand, we have Jesus, the eternal Son of God, who came to earth to bring us the gift we don’t deserve but desperately need. His words have brought life and freedom for thousands of years.
The original Christmas had a star that lit up the dark night to direct those who came to worship the newborn King. Today, we have lights everywhere, but few people are worshipping the true King.
Let’s return to the peace of God that should mark our Christmas celebrations. Let’s be sure we don’t adopt the customs of our culture instead of the plan of God.
Holy Spirit, please help me to see God’s peace in the middle of this season. Help me to celebrate the peace You bring through Jesus.
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