Lessons from the Christmas Story
As I’ve grow older, I’ve come to appreciate the positive side of Christmas much more.
In a culture that has become increasingly secular, where it is politically incorrect to even mention the name of the Lord lest we offend someone, I think it’s awesome that Christmas brings some of the greatest truths of the Gospel to light in public. Our roots as a Christian nation are showcased.
When else can you enter into stores and hear some of the greatest Christian songs ever written being played, like “Joy to the World”? That’s awesome! You will see displays of the nativity scene in places that the only mention of the Lord at other seasons would be to take His name in vain.
One complaint that I still have is that “the Christmas story” has become so familiar and has focused so narrowly on only the birth of the baby Jesus that some of the great truths present in that miraculous birth are not seen. Some of the greatest lessons in Scripture are hidden in the account of Christ’s birth, and the average person is totally oblivious to them.
Did you realize that the virgin birth of Jesus was totally normal in every respect except one? Mary didn’t become pregnant without contact with a seed. The laws of reproduction that God created weren’t suspended. Everything was exactly like all the millions of other births except that God used the seed of His Word instead of the seed of a man to get Mary pregnant. That’s why John 1:14 says, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.”
Then when Mary received the message of Gabriel, she humbled herself and said,
“Be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38). She received God’s Word into her womb, and the conception of the Messiah took place.
God’s Word is a spiritual seed that has to be planted in our hearts to conceive a miracle.
We would consider a woman crazy who is trying to have a child without following the natural laws of reproduction. But in the spiritual realm, Christians try to give birth to miracles all the time without ever planting God’s Word in their hearts. It just doesn’t work that way.
And then there’s the message of the angels that said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14)
This was not an announcement of an end of hostilities among men. History has proven that can’t be what the angels were proclaiming. Instead, this was the proclamation that the war between God and man was over. That’s not been understood or proclaimed by the church as a whole. Most people still think God is mad at them. That’s not so. He’s not mad, and He’s not even in a bad mood.
This Gospel of peace is one reason there is such a universal acceptance of the Christmas season, even among those who are not born again. Christmas is all about God’s love and mercy, not His damnation. It’s spotlighting God’s unconditional love for us the way it should be done all year long. It’s focusing on the good news of God’s love and not the bad news of our failures. That’s the Gospel of peace that the angels were singing about, and that should be our message too!
There are just a lot of things in the Christmas message that have been obscured by tradition.
What part of the Christmas story stands out to you the most? Let us know in the comments below!