Paul very succinctly declares to us the crux of God’s redemptive plan. “For it pleased the Father that in him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20).
Red is the color of Christmas – not because Santa suits are red or because we wrap packages in red. Red is the color of Christmas because of the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed.
We see a battle being played out in our culture today that is actually the battle of the gods. It is the God of the Bible, the true and living God, versus all contenders. This battle goes back to the first Messianic verse in the bible when, after Satan tempted Adam and Eve to sin, God said to him, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed: He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15). Thus, Satan began his attempts to stop Christ from coming.
The manger, all the while, is pointing to the cross. The incarnation was the DNA of the atonement. The purpose behind the birth of Jesus was ultimately the death of Jesus. This is New Testament Christianity. It’s the division between light and darkness, righteousness and unrighteousness, good and evil, and right and wrong.
This Christmas when you see and hear of wars, violence, and conflict throughout our world, don’t be discouraged, don’t lose heart. God’s redemptive plan is being played out on the world’s stage. And Jesus extends this promise to all who trust Him by faith; “In me you have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). Have you experienced that “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ?” (Romans 5:1).
Merry Christmas from your friends at New Melle Baptist Church. Wishing you a Happy New for 2018, and a fuller, deeper love for the Lord. From your friends at New Melle Baptist Church.