The First Day of Christmas
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. John 1:14-18 English Standard Version
It’s a popular approach from which to promote unity and harmony between all the major religions and their participants. Many people believe it to be true. “All major religions are essentially the same. We are all climbing the same mountain except from different sides. We ultimately end up at the same place (the top of the same mountain-close to God or their version of god)”. Christmas as presented in the scripture, presents a major problem with this line of thinking. See John 1:14. Only Biblical Christianity offers a differing approach. God Himself comes down from the top of the mountain (in the person of His Son, Jesus) and dwells with humanity. He doesn’t sit back and wait for humans to trek to the top to find Him and be together, but rather takes the initiative to communicate (His love, glory, nature, and character) and make an eternal relationship and friendship possible. Have you sensed His presence and nearness this season? He became flesh and dwelt among us. Have you worshipped a good and faithful God? He has kept ALL His promises! Have you taken note that a loving God has acted in time and history to make Himself known, find you, and call you into relationship? MERRY CHRISTMAS!!