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Third Sunday of Advent

Last week, I wrote (ranted) about this whole “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Holidays” debate. I believe that it is something not worth being offended by; and that it is certainly okay to wish your non-Christian friends and co-workers a “Happy Holiday”. Today, I want to zone in a little further. Let’s talk about the words “Merry Christmas.”

What is there to be merry about? With wars and terrorism, fake news and messy politics, disasters and diseases…shouldn’t this time be more about lament then being “merry”? Shouldn’t Advent be more “Come Lord Jesus” then “Merry Christmas”?

Well, yes and no! It was at such a time that our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world some 2,000 years ago. A world filled with political, social and environmental issues; a world with wars, and disasters and sickness. And it will be at such a time that Jesus Christ comes back to this earth.

The angel on that first Christmas night said, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11,). If we believe this, then it makes all the difference in the world for us. Life takes on a new dimension. The Kingdom of God enters the world and activates God’s rescue plan. It becomes a “Merry Christmas” world!

There is one particular passage of Scripture in the Old Testament that I love to reflect on this time of year:

 

“The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined” (Isaiah 9:2).

Scripture goes on: “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever.” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

 

Rather than dissect this prophetic, world altering passage for you; I simply ask you to spend time this week thinking, praying and meditating on those words from 3000 years ago. Just let this fulfilled prophecy speak to you, through you and in you; because when we truly understand these words, we can all truly have a Merry, Blessed Christmas!

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