Reclaiming the HOLY of Christmas

December 23, 2016

Lucy Ann Moll

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Lucy Ann Moll

Who stole the HOLY of Christmas? How can we Christians reclaim it?

What changed in our hearts that many of us willingly trade the holy for jostling in store lines and for cyber-shopping? Piercing questions. Yet. . .

Be encouraged that our Lord designed a peace-filled and HOLY day for you.

In this short article, let’s consider:

  1. Holy thievery
  2. Christmas restoration

Who Stole the Holy of Christmas?

The day after Thanksgiving, before sunrise, the line snaked around an electronics store, with promises of deals on flat screen TVs, laptops, and smart phones. Shoppers waited expectantly. Some cozied up in sleeping bags; others sipped overpriced coffee. Another hummed the haunting “So This Is Christmas” by John Lennon. Then doors flew open, people pushed, angry voices told line-jumpers to stand down—or else.

Is this what Christmas has become?

So who stole the Christ of Christmas? One might blame stores, commercialism, atheists, or the ACLU. But it’s deeper and darker, really. “ The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” ( John 10:10a, ESV).

What happened to change our hearts from celebrating Christmas as a holy day to reveling in a commercialized experience?

Evil forces still want to swipe your Jesus joy.

Satan’s tactics today are subtle. Busyness and. . .frustration, dread, and wanting. Lots of wanting. Thankfully God empowers you to escape the temptation of replacing Christ with counterfeit desires (1 Corinthians 10:13). Satan is a defeated foe. We are more than conquerors through him who loved us, the Bible trumpets.

We are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39, ESV)

Reclaiming the Holy

To reclaim the holy of this holiday, why not find some quiet and focus on Christ? Isaiah prophesies about the birth of Jesus in this verse: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6, NIV)

Doesn’t your heart warm to this real meaning of Christmas?

Christ will be called:
Wonderful
Mighty
Everlasting
Peace

What a stark contrast from today’s chaotic Christmas! Why not ponder each word and reclaim the holy over the hectic? In the pondering as God transforms your mind, expect heart change (Romans 12:2).

Wonderful

This term Wonderful Counselor suggests a presence of comfort. The babe in the manger is the wonderful promise of wisdom to we who follow him.He is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom.

Mighty 

The Jews in Jesus’ day looked for a mighty warrior to rescue them from Roman oppression. Rather, the King of Kings came as vulnerable baby born to poor parents—no fan-fair, just a smelly barn and hay for a bed. And yet this Mighty God defeated death.

But it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:10, NIV).

Everlasting

Seated at the right hand of the Everlasting Father, Jesus offers the gift of eternal life (John 3:16), and the Father continuously and compassionately cares for his people.

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13, ESV)

Peace

Doesn’t your soul long for the Lord’s peace this Christmas? The Prince of Peace promises you peace as you focus your heart and mind on him, and not on the things of this world that money can buy. Consider this verse: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7)

And this: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3, ESV)

So when the lines at Best Buy or Walmart are long, when a family member is mad, when you’ve run out of energy, remember this:

  • Remember who Jesus is: the Prince of Peace.
  • Pray for the difficult people in your life.
  • Say “Merry Christmas” often.
  • Give generously.
  • Sing
  • Listen to Jesus.

Wishing You a Merry—and Holy—Christmas!