The advent of Christmas, a season for sinners

Snow Globes and Boney M.

When I think of the Christmas holidays thoughts of snow globes and Boney M spring to mind. Click image to enlarge.

The Christmas spirit is already being sprinkled liberally around like falling snow, flakily dropping in shops, yearend functions and churches across the land. On first glance it’s all carols, mangers and gold tipped angels with food and wine and merry making mixed in.

Now preachers have long been crying out that the worldly sparkle is without a spiritual glean. They’ve been calling their congregations back to, “the reason for the season.” They’ve been shouting out that the twinkle, glimmer and razzle dazzle that arrives at the beginning of December is merely a trick of the eye, a mirage, a forgery of reality.

You see, to the world, the baby in the manger has become a sweat tale of fluffy frivolity. As He lies on a bed of straw with sheep and oxen standing by we are subjected to stories of feel good triviality shaped around wisps of love of hope or of peace. But the reason, the meaning, the intension of why, why He had to come remains elusive, all but lost.

Coca-Cola® and Santa Claus.

Click image to link to source article about Coca-Cola® and Santa Claus. Fascinating stuff.

Despite the pressures of our current age, the pandemics and tsunamis, the famines and wars, the credit crunch and global warming; God did not send His son to die upon the tree of Calvary so that an affected world might have another warm and fuzzy holiday, some sort of a temporal relief, a band aid or a spoon full of sugar. God sent His son Jesus to an infected world ravaged by sin that He might die on the behalf of sinners, a substitute, ransomed for those who could not nor would not pay the penalty themselves.

When the angels belted out the Alleluia chorus it was to herald the birth of the Son of God, Light’s true Light, the Word of God, Emmanuel, which is God with us. God’s great redemptive plan of salvation, worked out to His eternal praise and glory, fulfilled in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.

Amen!

On the reason for the season, Philippians 2 reads,

5 …Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, {and} being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Want to hear the verse in context? Philippians 2
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God’s glory manifested in Christ’s birth, Christ’s death, Christ’s resurrection, our conversion and ongoing sanctification. The sparkle of Him that saves is true radiance indeed!

Mark Penrith (352 Posts)

Mark is a pastor at Crystal Park Baptist Church. Crystal Park Baptist Church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord; gathered together for teaching, worship, fellowship and evangelism. Mark is married to Liezl, has three children, Kaitlyn, Kathryn and Thomas and loves preaching, writting and thinking.


3 thoughts on “The advent of Christmas, a season for sinners”

  1. Hi Mark,

    Another quality writing with phrases that draw the reader’s attention and consideration. I found myself reading it through twice to appreciate the depth of each phrase.

    On a personal note I feel that my reflections on this particular Christmas will be much more tainted by the sin and corruption that is prevalent around us today. Not only in the world but in the church as well. If that grieves my heart then I can only imagine the pain in the Father heart of God.

    May we, and the angels, sing even louder the great Alleluia’s as we ackonwledge our need for the Incarnation, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension of our Saviour, Redeemer and King. As you have succinctly said – THAT IS THE REASON FOR SEASON!

    Blessings

    Rob

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