September 15, 2019
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“The God Who Came at Christmas.” – God’s Supreme Revelation
There is an ongoing struggle between the Christmas story as revealed in the Scripture and the Christmas story as displayed in the advertisements. Interestingly, the commercials seek to portray a message that is popular and trendy but temporary, compared to the Scripture that represents a message that may appear obsolete but in reality, it produces an eternal transformation of the heart, mind, and life. In Tertullian’s words, “With you pagans, divinity is something decided by human desire, so if a god is unpopular with men, he will not be a god for long.” The magnetic pull of the world can be so intense, especially at Christmas time, that it is often capable of pulling the believer further away from their confidence in the message of the Bible.
Similar to our day, the early Jewish believers battled against the constant pressure to conform to a celebrity message rather than holding to the reality of Christ and the Gospel. But unlike our day, they did not have the completed Scripture to search to gain strength and confidence. To misinterpret Jesus Christ, however, may lead to “a fearful expectation of judgment” if we are not indeed found to be in Christ (Heb. 10:27).
How do I avoid falling into neglect as a believer? How do I prevent myself from a victim of my culture?