“Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.” Gen. 1:16
From the beginning of creation, God has proven some things to be greater than others. Without considering a lot of other comparisons, such as wealth, health, talents, etc., let us look at this time of year known as Christmas.
Many who live for the holidays end the year hopeless and depressed. For many, a warm fuzzy feeling turns into a prickly spur. When Christmas is over, most return to their abnormal lives.
Whether we observe this holiday as with the Roman Catholic Church and Christ in its Mass ~ or in gift-giving within family traditions, we are missing something greater. Far beyond the thought of the birth of Christ two thousand years ago, there is a reality that escapes us.
As hard as we try to ‘keep Christ in Christmas,” we miss Him because He is hidden in the lights, the glitter, the shopping, and the entertainment. Aside from what has become known as Christmas, there are blessings made null and void by man’s traditions.
What man has set up for a celebration is not enough to satisfy the hearts and needs of men. Only our creator knows and has planned a greater life than we can ask or imagine.
Many will not be gathering this season with family. Many have lost loved ones this year, but even for those who will celebrate with their families, let’s consider what is greater ~ what God our Father has prepared for us as heirs of His kingdom.
What can be greater than Christmas? What if it is observed by the traditions of the church and all is joyful and in unity with our fellowmen?
Once-a-year joy is nothing compared to the year-round joy in Christ.
Union in Christ between His people is not relegated to one season a year.
Greater than Christmas is our relationship with our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ by His Holy Spirit.
We do not have to wait for gifts once a year. His gifts are given every day ~ love, joy, peace, comfort, hope. and more.
He is no longer a baby we can put back in a smelly stable.
He is no longer a man hanging on a bloody cross.
Christ cannot be brought down by hocus pocus in the Roman Mass to be crucified over and over. (transubstantiation)
Christ is King of kings, and Lord of lords, ruling in heaven and earth, blessing His people ~ dwelling in the hearts of men who worship and obey Him.
Greater than the Temple and Soloman ~ In Christ’s Own Words
“But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.” Matthew 12:6.
“The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.” Matthew 12:42
There is none greater than the Father and the Son who created and upholds all things by the “word of His power ~ sitting at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Heb. 1:3
He is still fulfilling His purpose for being here ~ to save His people from their sins, This is the “good news” every day.
Oh, how much we forfeit by settling for what seems good. The best and greatest of life is hidden in Christ for those who daily seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
The life of God, which in the incarnation entered human nature is the root in which we are to stand and grow. It is by the same almighty power that worked there and from then on to the resurrection which works daily in us. Our one need (now) is to study, to know, and to trust the life revealed in Christ as the life that is now ours. Humility ~ Andrew Murray
Gracious Father in heaven, send your Holy Spirit to reveal your Son as the eternal gift for man every day, now, and forever. For your glory and our joy. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Related Articles: Before there was Christmas, cultures celebrated this time of year in other ways. See here and here)
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