What we celebrate this season didn’t just happen by chance, but the creator of all things had a plan from the beginning as to how he would redeem humanity and all of creation. We were never meant to be left in the dead of winter but were created to receive the light of Christ and bring it into all the world. You see, the God of eternity taking on the form of humanity was God’s plan for redemption from the very beginning.
John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Death thought it had won by way of a serpent, only to find out that by way of a cradle came the way for a cross — and by the way of the cross came the way for redemption. So no matter how dark the night is, the morning is coming. And whether that morning is Christmas morning, Easter morning, or tomorrow morning, the same God who upheld his promise to bring the redemption of humanity through a baby in a cradle is the same God who will uphold his promise for you today.
Genesis 3:12-15 “The man answered,“That woman, the one you gave me, gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The snake deceived me, and I ate,” the woman answered. So the Lord God said to the snake, “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all the wild or domestic animals.You will crawl on your belly. You will be the lowest of animals as long as you live. I will make you and the woman hostile toward each other.I will make your descendants and her descendant hostile toward each other. He will crush your head, and you will bruise his heel.”
Luke 10:18-20 “Then Jesus said, “See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”’
Waiting is hard. Whether it’s waiting on Christmas, waiting on a miracle, or waiting on your children to get in the car in the morning — we all have to wait. But what if a waiting season isn’t a wasted season? What if, when it feels like nothing is ever going to change, we don’t cave to the pressures of the enemy to doubt and worry, but instead lean into the plans that God has for our lives? Turn impatience into expectation, declaring that God has done good things — and he is working even when we don’t see it.
Psalm 13 “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”
What if we become a generation who turns our eyes to heaven to seek the face of Jesus above all else — letting him fight our battles? Our worship is a weapon in this battle we are facing — so this Christmas season, et us fight our battles not in our own strength, but by laying worship and adoration before a King who is worthy.
Psalm 24:5-8 “He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle!”