The Point of Christmas
Turning on the Light
Though lights and tinsel glitter at Christmas, it can’t cover up the darkness. Christmas trees and the man at the mall with the fake beard can’t do anything about the state of this world, or the condition of a human heart. Commercialized Christmas has lost it’s meaning. The point of Christmas was to turn on the light.
There is a darkness hanging over all the world, the darkness of evil, inspired by the rebellion and wickedness of the devil and the demons who follow him. An angel made as a gloriously beautiful servant of God turned to the dark side in a bid for power. Humankind chose to follow.
It grieved the heart of God that all humankind should be lost to darkness. So he made a way for us – that we may be redeemed and saved out of the darkness. The way of salvation is through Jesus. Jesus is eternal, God and the son of God, beyond our comprehension.
Yet Jesus came to earth as a baby human, becoming fully human as well as still being who he is, God. That first Christmas was the biggest miracle that had ever happened. I don’t think the devil even saw it coming.
While the dark side concerns itself with power, God is love. It is love that brought Jesus to the manger that first Christmas. And it was love 33 years later when Jesus let himself be killed on the cross to die in our place.
You see, the Bible explains that “the wages of sin are death”, meaning death and separation from God. But in an act that is inexplicable to me, Jesus took that consequence for us. He was separated from God when he hung there on the cross, dying. And when he was dead his body was placed in a tomb. His spirit didn’t go to Heaven. No, taking our punishment he went down into the deepest darkness, down into the place where there is no hope, Hell.
But Hell couldn’t hold Jesus. Three days later he came back to life and walked out of the tomb. We don’t know all that happened there, but we do know what Jesus said about it! He said, “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:18)
Everyone who lives in this world has felt its oppressive darkness. But there is hope for all. The Bible explains, in Romans 10:9, how to claim the redemption that Jesus offers. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” All you need to do is believe in Jesus and make him your lord, choose to follow him.
I am thankful beyond my ability to express. Jesus has saved me from darkness and has given me purpose in my life. When the lights turn on, the darkness is gone. Jesus, the light inside me, pushes back the darkness.
Jesus says in Revelation 3:20, “ Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in”. This Christmas let Jesus turn the light on.