Here we are, just two days from Christmas. Such an awesome time of year and has always been one of my favorites in terms of traditions with family now and in years past as a kid. As I wrote last week, I’ve also gained new perspective on Christmas and one that I realized last year and now more than ever as I see the turmoil our world is in. I am given a stark reminder of God’s willingness to pursue our hearts and restore us by invading this world, sneaking behind enemy lines through the womb of a teenage girl.
If you think that Christmas was is not part of the spiritual war that takes place, you have not read enough into the Christmas story. It’s far more than just a manger, shepherds, wise men, animals, and gifts. It is war. This part seems to always be overlooked, or if not overlooked, minimalized. Read Matthew 2 and really soak that in. Starting in verse 13, Matthew shares of an angel coming to Joseph and telling him to take Mary and Jesus into Egypt until they are told to return. Herod was coming to kill Jesus. Starting in verse 16, we learn of the ‘massacre of the innocence,’ when all male children under the age of 2 were slaughtered by Herod’s soldiers.
The real and true story of Christmas is an invasion, a great battle, and the demonstration of God’s love for us that he was willing to leave his thrown put on a robe of flesh and become fully man so that we may be restored and come fully alive in the holiness we were meant for.
I for one, am ever thankful for God’s continuous pursuit of my hearts. No matter how far I ran, He never gave up on me. His Word shows that He would never give up on me and I see that now as I see the story of my life played out. Because of Jesus, I can now live. As Paul writes in Ephesians 4, I can now put on my new nature and leave my old self behind, and now begin to pursue living as God created me and all of us to be as His image bearers, imago dei.
I know I have written about this before and even some last week, but I think it is so important to remember. Don’t get so caught up in the commercialized and traditional side of Christmas that you forget the true story and what is, in fact, going on. The story goes a lot deeper and God is showing us that He is willing to go wherever we are, even to sneak in and walk among us in order to restore us to Him.
With that, I want wish you all a very Merry Christmas from my family to all of you. I pray God’s peace, love, and joy to fill your hearts and your homes. I look forward to my final post of 2015 next week as I go through what has been an absolutely amazing year of transformation for my heart, my life, and that of my family. God Bless you all!