In The Beginning God Created Christmas

in-the-beginning-title-slide-message-series-950x712-1What is Christmas? Christmas has become so many things in our 21st century culture. Christmas has become a time of shopping and gift giving. Christmas is also a time for family reunions and get-togethers. Christmas is for church pageants and programs. A time of tree and house decorating with lights and ornaments and yet even for others it is a time for legal battles to get Christ out of Christmas. All that is fine, except for the last option, if that is your cup of tea. But I thought I would sit down this Christmas, open up the Scriptures and look back into history, look back to when God became a man.  This is the 1st in a 5 part Christmas Series.

knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:18-20)

In The Beginning God Created Christmas

In the beginning God created Christmas. Before the world was ever spoken into existence God planned for Christmas. Before the Creator of the world uttered let there be, He thought of Christmas. Before the hands of the Creator crafted Adam and Eve, Father, Son and Holy Spirit crafted the plans of the Son coming in the flesh for the redemption of man. In the beginning God created Christmas.

Peter tells us Christ coming was “foreknown before the foundation of the world”. So much grace and mercy flows from that phrase it is astounding. The Triune community made a plan for our redemption before you were born, before I was born and before Adam and Eve were ever made. Why did the Triune community of Father, Son and Holy Spirit create Christmas? Peter tells us, “So that our faith and hope are in God”. What does that say about our God?

Our God Is Love

knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

Peter points out believers are “ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers”. The Apostle Peter takes us back to the Garden of Eden to that fateful day. The day when Adam ate the fruit. Since that day humanity has been radically corrupted by sin. Plagued by a sinful condition right down to our core. This radically corrupted sinfulness has been passed down from Adam all the way to us in the 21st century. This condition causes our ways to be futile because they only lead to death physically and spiritually. Our condition is hopeless if left in this state.

But God, some of the greatest words ever penned in Scripture, but God knowing the crown of His creation, humanity, would bring sin in this world, He created anyway. Knowing humanity would be plagued by radical corruption because of the sin of Adam, He created anyway. Knowing all the travesties that would occur throughout human history, He created anyway. Knowing humanity would commit the ultimate travesty and reject the Creator and be disobedient, He created anyway.  My friend that is love.

This love goes further. Knowing He would craft a plan for the ransom of man, He created anyway. Knowing this plan would involve God becoming man, He created anyway. Knowing the 2nd member of the Trinity, Jesus the Son, would have to live a perfect life, suffer and die for a radically corrupted humanity, He created anyway. My friend that is supreme love.

Christmas is the demonstration of the love of God to fallen humanity. God the creator of time and space, steps into time and space. Jesus, fully God and fully man, steps into the world he created as the demonstration of the Father’s love. This demonstration of love would cost the Creator of life to lose his life in order that dead humanity can live.

Love Came For You

He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

The Apostle Peter tells us that Christ came “for the sake of you”. Think back to the Christmas message to Joseph. Joseph is struggling because his betrothed told him she was pregnant. Joseph stuck between a rock and a hard place plans to divorce her quietly, but God. God intervenes through an angel and shares His Christmas plan with Joseph. The plan that was crafted before the world began and the angel declares, “you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21b)

Peter in this passage is reiterating the Christmas message. Love came down expressed through Christ to save us from the futility of our sin. Love came down expressed through Christ so that through Him, the Way, the Truth and the Life, we may become believers in God. Love came down expressed through Christ “so that our faith and hope are in God”. My friends Love came for you and this love was planned before the world began.

In the beginning God created Christmas

Until next week

Soli Deo Gloria

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