When thinking about Christmas, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Stress? Shopping? Hallmark? I admit that I watch a lot of Hallmark Christmas movies. I even own a pair of those socks that on the bottom say, “If you can read this, then I am watching a Hallmark movie”.
Have you noticed how often they talk about the “spirit of Christmas” or “the magic of Christmas” in those movies? This seems to be the world’s way of describing what happens at Christmas time. Those of us who know Jesus as Savior, can see and understand that God comes to us as a human child, is the true miracle of Christmas. We know that “the magic of Christmas” is powerless without Jesus. It can make us feel good or increase our desire to do acts of kindness, but it cannot truly change hearts.
In the book of Galatians, we hear about a group of Jewish believers who were saying you still had to keep the Law of Moses and certain rituals in order to be right with God. They didn’t quite understand the miracle of what Christ accomplished through His birth and death. They saw the law of Moses as a good thing that brings a right relationship with God, but it in and of itself has no power to save.
“…the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian…” (Gal. 3:24-25)
We have been declared free from the guilt of sin and its penalty! God’s law is no longer a burden that we stress about keeping, but it’s a mountain of Joy that leads to salvation. We can find true joy this Christmas by remembering what the Birth of Jesus begins, a life that leads to defeating death and setting us free from the law of sin and death.
If Jesus had never been born, we would have nothing to be joyful about. We would have no salvation from sin, no victory over death, and no mediator between us and God. But because of the birth of Jesus, we have grace, redemption, salvation, sanctification, and the hope of glory. We have a place in the family of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ which is the true “magic of Christmas”.
JOY TO THE WORLD THE LORD HAS COME LET EARTH RECEIVE HER KING!