From Scrooge to Good News!
I didn’t always think that way. But when I had my miraculous encounter with the Lord on March 23, 1968, I fell in love with Him a thousand times more than I had ever experienced His love at Christmas. Therefore, Christmas became just another day to me.
For the first 16 years of my married life, we would only have a birthday cake for Jesus and give gifts to our boys, but we made it clear they came from the Lord, through us, and not from some fat man in a red suit!
Finally, when we moved into our present house, my boys asked for a Christmas tree. They said they just thought it was pretty, and they wanted to look at it the way Martin Luther did — as a symbol of everlasting life.
I gave in, and we’ve enjoyed a Christmas tree ever since.
Christmas brings some of the greatest truths of the Gospel to light in public—through Christmas carols and nativity scenes. Yet “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 presented in that miraculous birth are not seen.
The virgin birth of Jesus was totally normal in every respect except one. God used the seed of His Word instead of the seed of a man to get Mary pregnant.
God’s Word was the sperm that conceived Jesus. He created everything by His Word. That’s how He creates.
When He created the last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45), God had to speak Him into existence. He spoke to the hearts of men who would listen to Him, and they used their God-given authority over the earth to speak out the prophecies that God had placed in their hearts.
Then when Mary received the message of Gabriel, she humbled herself and received God’s Word into her womb, and the conception of the Messiah took place.
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 wasn’t proclaiming the end of hostilities among men. It was the proclamation that the war between God and man was over. Most people still think God is mad at them. He’s not mad. He’s not even in a bad mood. Jesus satisfied His wrath completely.
This Gospel of peace is one reason there is such a universal acceptance of the Christmas season.
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 is our message too.