This is a guest post from pastor Alan Danielson. Thanks Alan!
Merry Christmas, fellas!
This Christmas Eve as you take a moment to remember that the Christmas story, consider that the Apostle Paul told the Christmas story in a very unique way in the book of Romans. The following passage from Romans 8 is not traditionally thought of as a “Christmas passage”, but the Message translation certainly opens our eyes to a new way of looking at Christmas.
God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem[of sin] as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that. ~Romans 8:3-4 (MSG)
I don’t know about you, but that’s the manliest telling of the Christmas story I’ve ever read! With nativity sets, ornaments, paintings and carols we typically picture Christmas as an innocently sweet scene. Yet from sin’s perspective Christmas was the first blow of God’s redemptive war hammer! When Satan peered into the stable, he didn’t see sweet little angels, sheep and swaddling clothes. He saw a mighty warrior waiting to burst forth from the manger and free humanity from sin’s slavery. He saw the first battle in a war that he would eventually lose.
Seeing that baby… that God-Baby… made Satan fill his own diaper!
The next time you look at that little nativity set or sing carols about the birth of Christ remember that God indeed went for sin’s jugular. Jesus kicked some serious donkey before he could even walk, roll over or even lift his own head. He personally put on an earth suit, came onto the scene and made war against sin and death. Christmas was the bugle call informing the forces of Hell that they would soon be defeated!
Bet none of you will think of Christmas the same way again!
Alan Danielson is the Senior Pastor of New Life Bible Church in Norman, Oklahoma. Previously he served as Central Team Leader for LifeGroups at LifeChurch.tv in Edmond, OK. Alan founded 3Threat.net to help leaders master three essential leadership skills: vision-casting, creating strategy and fostering relationships. Alan is a popular conference speaker and consults regularly with ministries and leaders on topics relating to small groups and leadership.
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