Not Just a Birth

Christmas is not just the day on which God’s church commemorates the birth of His son.

As if that weren’t enough.

When God gave the world a savior, He also made the world new. Just as anyone is in Christ a new creation, when Christ entered the world and at the same time, as God, held it within Himself, He made a new place. The law of sin and death and sacrifice and Flood and Plagues, is over. The law of grace, of transformation, of second chances, of forgiveness, of mercy, of peace on earth and good will to men has begun.

The world changed. So how can we live as if sin still ruled? Christ saved the world just as He saved us, by recreating what was fallen, and we need to shout it on the hilltops and on the street corners until everyone bows down.

Sometimes, when doubt takes hold, we cannot see that Christ is already victorious. We can only see our own sin, the horrible sufferings and pains of the evils not punished and the wounds not healed over. But these are just the birth pains. These are the darknesses before dawn. Christ has come. Christ has risen.

Christ will come again.

So Christmas is more than just a birth. It is more than just a miracle. The Incarnation is a work as great as Creation–that God would accept our prodigal world back into His love. That He would send His son to suffer and die that the child who spat in His face might be restored.

Behold, I am coming soon…I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end…The Spirit and the Bride say “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price…Amen! Come Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen. 

Blessings to all the Saints. Merry Christmas!

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