After Christmas Reality

Shwew, survived another one!

As you are reading this, I am packing up the car and heading back home from family. Hopefully I have enough room in the car for all our loot.

Christmas is over and baby Jesus will fade from many people’s minds as we gear up for our next holiday distraction: New Years.

Unfortunately, many drop their understanding of Jesus with Christmas. The know Jesus was born and whatnot, but that’s about it. They fail to take it further.

Not til Easter do many think of Christ again. We hit the high points in our holidays–Christ’s birth and death, just as we remember the high points of people’s lives. People’s gravestones record their birthday and deathday.

I guess Jesus is no different.

Except He’s entirely different.

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”

The big deal about Christ’s birth and death is that it was just a temporary thing. It really wasn’t the main point.

Christ lived a holy life to be an acceptable sacrifice, and He died in order that He might be raised up. His resurrection is a huge deal! If there is no resurrection then we are yet in our sins.

Christ was put to death in the flesh, but He was made alive by the Spirit. Christ’s body was a temporary dwelling for His person. The real triumph was escaping the body and returning to Spirit-life, rejoining His Father in heaven, sitting at His right hand.

Christ’s life is a great thing to celebrate. It is indeed a blessed fact that God became flesh and dwelt among us. It is also a great thing that He suffered and died for our sins. But it is a triumphantly great thing that He rose again!

This resurrection shows His power over sin and death, shows that He is approved of God, shows that He has power to give life.

Don’t let your Christmas stop with Jesus becoming a human; let it go on to all that Christ is, to the new, resurrection life of eternity, a life He now promises to give to all who come to Him.

The ministry of Jesus doesn’t stop with Him becoming a baby boy, nor does it stop with His death on a cross. Jesus’ ministry never stops, because He is alive even today and for ever!