I’m about to shock some of you ……. Your jaws may literally drop when I tell you this, but………..
I’ve never seen the movie “Frozen.” Please don’t stone me!!
I’ve heard a lot about it; I’ve even seen little snippets of the film. My four-year-old granddaughter could probably reenact the entire story, but I’ve never actually seen the movie from start to finish. I can’t tell you the names of any of the characters, I can only guess that the setting is some Scandinavian land of the north where there is lot’s of snow. I cannot hum the melody of the song “Let It Go,” nor could I recite even one line from its now famous lyrics.
Chilling isn’t it?
It reminds me of our poor knowledge of the Christmas story. Most people can tell you parts of the account, like the baby in a manger. They may know that the parents’ names were Mary and Joseph; they might remember that there was a star and wise men who brought gifts. Many of us can hum a Christmas hymn and may even know some of the lyrics ……
But do we really grasp the whole story?
To truly believe the Christmas message is to know it and live it from start to finish. It is understanding that the coming of Christ was planned from the beginning of creation as a means of restoring the relationship of each man or woman with God. It is admitting that it is because of our own rebelliousness that Christ needed to come in the first place. It is listening to what the angel said,
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.….”
The phrase “I bring you good news” is from two Greek words – the first is eú, which means “good, well” and the second is angellō, which means “to announce, herald.” The last part is where we get the English word angel – an angel is a herald, someone sent to announce a message. When you combine these two words together you get euaggelízō – to proclaim or announce “the good message, the good news, or glad tidings.” The Latin translation of this is evangelio which in turn is translated into the English word gospel.
At the core of the gospel is a sentence of death. The good news to which the angel referred is a message of personal exchange foretold throughout the Old Testament. It was the necessity of death to pay for sin. In order for me to live, someone had to die. Although there are complex answers to the question, “Why did Jesus come?” the primary answer is to die for our sins.
One of the great mysteries of the season is the name itself, Christmas. Do you know that the very word Christmas means Christ-Mass or Christ’s death?
1 Corinthians 2:7-10
7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
God’s wisdom and plan makes absolutely no sense. The story of Christmas is an upside-down, this can’t possibly be true, series of events that no right-minded human being would ever invent. Why would anyone send his own son to die for another human being who didn’t deserve it? But that’s just it; the story wasn’t written by humans, but by God. That’s why it makes no sense to the human intellect and only to those who posses God’s Spirit.
At one point or other, we have all been standing on the edge of a great precipice of ice where the edge is constantly eroding before us. Its breaking is unpredictable and with each passing moment the possibility of plummeting into the icy water below grows ever nearer. Yet we stand there …….. fully aware of the danger, but afraid to move for fear that our movement will cause the next chunk to fall……….
A rescue is in place ………. it was thought out long ago, before the beginning of time.
My mug is up! Here’s to a another great day ……….. and stay warm wherever you are!