Christmas is also about God fulfilling the promise that He made in the Eden to destroy the Enemy--the enemy with which we all are so familiar. We know him for he is the one who is tempting and taunting us with blatant, ugly lies. He is the one seeking to destroy us with addictions, pornography, and strongholds of sin that run deep. He is the one trying to destroy our relationships with our Creator by drawing our attention away from the one who loves us completely, purely, and sacrificially.
Christmas is also about God being a covenant-keeping God. It is about Him keeping His covenant with Noah, promising He would never again destroy all life with flood waters. It is about God keeping his covenant with Abraham, promising to give him a son, land to call his own, and enough descendants to make a great nation through whom all the families of the earth would be blessed. It is about God revealing and fulfilling the dream of Jacob's ladder, providing mankind the gate of heaven.
Christmas is also about preserving the life of Joseph while living Egypt, preserving Israel through a famine. It also about freeing Israel from slavery in Egypt and walking them all the way back to the promised land, drowning the army of Pharaoh that was in hot pursuit.
Christmas is about Rahab being saved as she clung to the hope promised in the scarlet cord hanging from her window as the walls of Jericho came crumbling down.
Christmas is also about Ruth finding grace in her mother-in-law's family to give birth to the grandfather of David. It is about the covenant God made with David, promising that through David a King would come whose throne would be eternal. It is about the King who would reign in righteousness, love, power, truth and grace.
Christmas is about the fulfillment of prophesies given by God who wants us to know His Son. He told us He would be born to a virgin in Bethlehem, be from the tribe of Judah, and from the family of Abraham, Issac, Jacob, and David. He foretold that Jesus would spend time in Egypt and Nazareth, while many children would die as the enemy sought to kill Him. He told us Jesus would be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty Prince, and Emmanuel.
He told us Jesus would be:
- tempted by Satan and not give in
- rejected by His own country
- One who speaks in parables
- One who heals the brokenhearted
- betrayed for 30 pieces of silver
- falsely accused
- illegally tried
- spat upon
- and hated without cause
- crucified between criminals with hands, feet, and side pierced
- be the forsaken One who prays for His enemies
- One who in His death would be a sin offering
- One who would bear the wrath of God for sin so we could be made righteous.
Christmas is also about future prophesies. He will return for His bride, the church--not as a the Lamb--but as the Lion of Judah. He will come on a white horse and be called Faithful and True. He will make war as He judges in righteousness and truth. His eyes will be like flames of fire. On his head will be many crowns. He will be clothed in a robed dipped in blood and He will be called The Word of God, the King of kings, and the Lord of Lords. From His mouth will come a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations and He will rule them with a rod of iron. And He will make all things new and there will be no more sickness, no more death, and He will wipe every tear from our eyes. And the righteous will rule and reign with Him for ever and ever. All of this is Christmas.