We Need Christmas More Than Ever
As we near Christmas Day, we face a world of uncertainty, turbulence and conflict.
North Korea threatens a nuclear holocaust, racial strife simmers in the streets, political correctness rules college campuses, murderous Islamists search daily for targets worldwide.
Darkness seems to be closing in, but we are reminded that Jesus Christ came as the light in a dark world.
The Dark World of Satan
Satan is the author and instigator of all evil. He is the very personification of it. Even those who doubt or deny God cannot deny there is an obvious force of evil present in our world. Jesus said Satan is the father of all lies and, above all, a thief and murderer. He seeks to destroy life — every precious aspect of it. When he is in control, he continually manifests despicable, unimaginable acts defying all logic.
We are right to be abhorred by unspeakable brutality and murder of the innocent and the helpless, whether on the sidewalks of Chicago, in the womb of an expectant mother, a concert venue in Vegas or a church targeted by terrorists.
Such is the case when resistance and clear-mindedness have been compromised and diminished.
Jesus is the sole answer for those who have been devastated by disaster, despair, tragedy and turmoil this year.
Many things can negatively impact our spiritual and mental condition: addiction to alcohol or drugs, damaging emotions such as bitterness or envy, emotional or physical exhaustion. It can even be the result of self-intoxication.
This was the case with Herod at the time of Christ’s birth. He ordered the murder of all little boys under two years old in Bethlehem (Matt. 2:16). Satanic? Yes. Demonic? Yes. Even so, it was Herod’s choice to act on his evil schemes. Satan so detests godliness and freedom that he seeks to destroy any deliverer or possibility of deliverance.
In the fatherless home and the dysfunctional community I grew up in, you cannot imagine the suggestions other kids made to me, along with the fiery darts (horrific suggestions) Satan fired my way.
I was vulnerable. But thanks be to God, praying Christians, a pastor and his wife who never forgot the boy they cared for the first few years of my life, and then the witness of committed Christian teenagers who led me to the Christ whose birth we’re about to celebrate. I am convinced that the prayers of others (even before my conversion to Christ) helped prevent me from giving into violent impulses, especially when my alcoholic father threatened to take my life.
Sadly, some choose to give in to their anger and act out in unimaginable ways.
The Answering Light of Christ
Jesus is the answer. He was my answer and He is the sole answer for those who have been devastated by disaster, despair, tragedy and turmoil this year. Only a great God and a loving heavenly Father can give us the ultimate comfort.
We rightly celebrate the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus, because He is the only way to overcome evil and the evil one. He alone can direct our steps and help us build wise, secure walls of protection.
God’s Word should be our hedge of security. He wants His Word to be written in our hearts, not just carried in our hands. He wants His Word to carry and lead us and, as Paul said, write “letters in the hearts of other men’s lives” as a result of our consistent Christian testimony.
In addition to celebrating His birth, we need to praise God for the resurrection life He offers each day! Jesus came to overcome the evil one and to give us the ability to be delivered from that despicable, damaging influence. Because Christ was born and now lives, we live. May others see Jesus living in us.
Jesus is God’s answer to man’s weakness and evil’s intention. Christmas and the rest of His story can become our story. Jesus took this broken, fatherless and impoverished boy writing this commentary and delivered me from destruction and the intentions of the evil one.
He will do the same for all who receive Him and follow Him with their whole heart. Jesus is the light that pierces the darkness.
He offers strength beyond ourselves and grants us the grace and ability to share the hope, joy and peace that only He can give in the face of the most challenging possible circumstances.
Just as the shepherds and wise men followed the light of the Star of Bethlehem, we must follow the light of the forever bright and Morning Star — Jesus!
May the light of Christ shine in your heart and home.