Christmas: God Clothed Himself with Humanity and Lived Among Us to Save Us from Sin and Death

December 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM 3 comments

Merry Christmas! May you seek and serve the risen Savior!

Merry Christmas! May you seek and serve the risen Savior!

by Fred DeRuvo

Amazing how atheists and other groups want to remove Christ from Christmas by turning Christmas into a general “holiday” that offends no one, except Christians that is. It’s a ridiculous move on their part, but it reminds me of watching the Shekinah glory of the Hebrew Bible slowly leave the Tabernacle/Temple, rest on the mount of Olives and then finally disappear from view.

In those days, God took His glory and left because He was being ignored completely. Of course, in today’s case, we have people deliberately attempting to push God out of the picture in fulfillment of Psalm 2 where we learn that the nations rage against God and do everything to throw off His “shackles.”

The problem with atheism of course, is that there is no value in being alive. Atheists generally believe there is no God and there is no life after death. Hence, there is no real purpose for living. It matters not whether a person lives a completely evil or righteous life (by the world’s standards). Once you die, you’re gone and all that remains of you are memories that others hold. As for you? You become literally extinct.

Atheists are not gracious enough to allow those who believe in God to do so publicly. They want all mention, all memorials of God removed from society. What they fail to realize of course is that even if they could be successful here, this would not cause all of humanity to do away with God. As we learn in Romans 1, God is in the details of Creation. Throughout the Psalms, we are reminded that the Creation itself bears witness to God’s presence and glory. This cannot be removed by ignorant, arrogant atheists who believe that they have become free of the shackles that magically bind them to some imaginary God.

Theirs is an asinine attempt to place their will and belief system above everyone else. Their arrogance drives them on. They have no patience for Judeo-Christian beliefs or the God we worship.

But here is the rub. Christmas is a reminder that Jesus was born into humanity via a virgin. Try as they might, atheists will never be able to obliterate this fact.

As we learn in Philippians 2, God took on the form of humanity, lived among us, and through Jesus, we see the Father. In other words, Jesus is the exact representation of God in human form (Hebrews 1:3). In another place we read that in Jesus, the fullness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form (Colossians 2:9). This is something atheists simply deny. They are entitled to their belief system, but in essence, when they try to eradicate Jesus from the public sphere, they are guilty of imposing their “religion” on the rest of us. Of course, they don’t see it that way at all.

Atheists would also argue that nativity scenes and other things like crosses should not be placed on public property because it is tantamount to the government supporting one religion over another. This is ridiculous, but arguing with atheists is about as valuable as arguing with a low-info voter. Doesn’t matter what is said, the low-info voter is already indoctrinated to believe what they believe and there is no getting around it.

We expect atheists to treat Christmas – the day the church has chosen to recognize our Lord and Savior’s birth – as something laughable. We know that every Christmas, atheist groups will come out of the woodwork to denigrate Christmas and Christianity in general. It’s what they do and it is how many atheists spend their lives. Certainly not all of them are quick to castigate those who believe in God. Many atheists I’ve encountered are respectful of my beliefs (not that I need them to be), which is appreciated. Yet, there are way too many atheists who are so arrogant about their disdain for any and all religion (which speaks more of their intolerance than anything else) and who live to rupture the sacred moment with their diatribes.

But what of Christians? What should our response to Christmas be? Too often, it seems Christians are way too caught up in the baubles, the pageantry, the tree, the lights, and of course, the gifts to notice that Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection provided something for us that is infinitely far greater than any of our puny gifts to others.

Do we recall the true reason for this season? Do we seek to contemplate the mystery of God clothing Himself with humanity in order to live among us, suffer with us, shed His own blood and die for us on the rough-hewn wooden cross of Calvary?

I’m not sure we do. I know that I fail at this miserably, to my shame and chagrin. If we took away all the bells and baubles that we have come to recognize as Christmas, what would we have left? We would still have Christmas in the form of the birth of our Savior and Lord in a cave filled with animal dung and stench. I have not seen a nativity scene that actually reflects that, have you?

Let me end with words by J. Sidlow Baxter in his daily devotional book called “Awake My Heart!” He asks, “are we so engrossed in the merchandise and merriment of the yearly commemoration that our Saviour (sic) is obscured by the very season which ostensibly honours (sic) Him? Oh, strangest mockery! While eastern sages travel miles and months to spread their rich devotion at His cradle, shall we who know so much more clearly the Baby’s divine identity spare only intermittent snatches of our time? Nay, this all-transcendental marvel of the Incarnation calls for undistracted contemplation.”

The reason for this season is Christ Himself. In fact, He is the reason for all life and salvation. We owe Him everything and He asks that we follow Him wherever He leads us. Are you willing to look past the gifts of Christmas to the only real and true gift who eventually offered Himself as a propitiation for our sin? If so, take up your cross as He took up His. Worship and adore Him by faithfully following Him.

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3 Comments

  • 1. Lester  |  December 15, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Ouch! Good one Sherry, you beat me to it! LOL! First off I want to agree with Fred that the bells and whistles of Santa Claus and the worship of the yule etc etc borders on the demonic. The stress and the orgies of this time of year make it an atheists insane party. On the other hand as Sherry has noted, Jesus is not the reason for the season but anti-christ is. Quote “the day the church has chosen to recognize our Lord and Savior’s birth”—not! What church? The church of man Father has not chosen. It may be possible that Jesus was conceived near the end of December and born the end of Sept or October, the feast of Tabernacles time.Does that give us an excuse to make this so called holyday? Early Jesus fellowships celebrated the Resurrection with much joy and reverence but not his birth. I have not celebrated this time of year for about 40 years now. Family get togethers are great and a time to reflect and enjoy their company but all the rest is but dung as Paul would have put it. As for the Nativity scenes, I agree with Fred that the reality was a place where animals were kept and it was not a very clean place. The manger was a feeding trough and the dung was everywhere. I have some research that promotes the possibility that it was a tent where the animals where kept for the feast days around Tabernacles time.Jesus came and tabernacled with us in the flesh! I better quit, gettin to preachy here. LOL! Lord bless all;
    Les

  • 2. Sherry  |  December 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    George Gillespie, one of the Scottish Commissioners to the Westminster Assembly, and one of the greatest theologians since the days of the Apostles, writes,

    “By communicating with idolaters in their rites and ceremonies, we ourselves become guilty of idolatry; even as Ahaz, 2 Kings 16:10, was an idolater, eo ipso, that he took the pattern of an altar from idolaters. Forasmuch, then, as kneeling before the consecrated bread, the sign of the cross, surplice, festival days (like Christmas-ed.), bishopping, bowing down to the altar, administration of the sacraments in private places, etc., are the wares of Rome, the baggage of Babylon, the trinkets of the whore, the badges of Popery, the ensigns of Christ’s enemies, and the very trophies of antichrist, — we cannot conform, communicate and symbolise with the idolatrous Papists in the use of the same, without making ourselves idolaters by participation.

    Shall the chaste spouse of Christ take upon her the ornaments of the whore? Shall the Israel of God symbolise with her who is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt? Shall the Lord’s redeemed people wear the ensigns of their captivity? Shall the saints be seen with the mark of the beast? Shall the Christian church be like the antichristian, the holy like the profane, religion like superstition, the temple of God like the synagogue of Satan?” (A Dispute Against English Popish Ceremonies, in Gillespie’s Works volume one, p. 80, SWRB reprint, or as free MP3s at A Dispute Against the English Popish Ceremonies emphases added). http://www.puritandownloads.com/a-dispute-against-the-english-popish-ceremonies-obtruded-on-the-church-of-scotland-1637-reprinted-from-the-1660-edition-by-george-gillespie/

    Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? I Corinthians 10:18-22

    If God severely judged Israel for their syncretism He will surely judge the Church for it…Somehow I can’t picture Jesus being pleased with this man-made worship of Him being placed on the birthdate of a false sun-god. And then giving that sun-god His holy name as if that makes it any better in His sight…

    Merry Tammuzmas!~

    (The story of Xmass is NOT the Gospel story when you know what the Mass really is about)

    • 3. modres  |  December 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Thanks Sherry. I truly appreciate your perspective.


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