Summary: Where does the peace that you experience around Christmas come from? Does it have its origin from the Prince of Peace? Or the prince of this world?
Christmas is here again
stand up and cheer again
Let’s leave our heartaches and shadows behind
All that I want, is to be here beside you
All that I need, is right here in my arms
All that I want, is to know that you love me
And this will be my finest Christmas time
Holly and mistletoe, small faces all aglow
Stockings for Santa to fill it with toys
Santa and Christmas trees, small people on their knees...
Don’t you hate it when people piggyback on a gift that you are giving someone?
"Hey, that sounds like a great gift! Let me give you some money, and then it can be from both of us."
Come to think of it - isn’t that exactly what satan has done? Is still doing?
God had prepared this wonderful gift, which the angel of the Lord came to proclaim. Luk 2:10 "Fear not, for behold, I bring you GOOD news of a GREAT JOY that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!"
Not even the evil spirits can deny that Jesus’ coming is a gift from God’s heart to his children, God with us. And you know what? They don’t.
When they saw that this was a gift that the Father was planning, the best plan they could come up with, was to piggyback on this gift.
And they REALLY got in on the act! They decided to make a great big party of this, having everyone, the whole world, join in with the celebrations of this wondrous birthday - the birthday of the very Son of God - Immanuel - God among the people! Jesus came from God to the people in whom God was well pleased. A wonderful day, dusting it all with warmth and fuzziness - and empty sentiment.
I really HATE what the satan had done with everything that God planned and created down to the finest detail. Satan comes and distorts everything that God is trying to accomplish. The devil exposes himself as destructive and evil to the core by taking the very name of Jesus and turning it into a blasphemous interjection, having God’s own children reel back at the sound of his Name! How vile and hurtful is that?!
Do you remember what it felt like when you were small, and you were peacefully constructing a sand castle and someone - just for the sheer malicious fun of it - would come and kick it in?
On that holy night, the devils were carefully listening to what the angels came to tell the shepherds. This Child is to be the Saviour, the One who is to address the sin of the world. But they realised that this task of addressing the sin of the world wasn’t merely a docile act - it was in opposition with the very goal of satan himself, threatening to wipe out all that the kingdom of darkness had achieved! Jesus came to really DEAL with sin. No "leaving our heartache and shadows behind", simply to pick them up again after the holidays. He would take it on Himself.