14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
Hebrews 2:14-15 (ESV)
The season of Christmas always bring a miraculous joy in my heart. It is the time where the streets were decorated, the shops were lit up brightly, and the prices went for sale. Not to mention that local televisions started to show up all the movies with those chilly and snowy scenes. Then we gather with our friends and family over a feast, and maybe one or two gift changing events. Be it Secret Santa or Kris Kingle, suddenly all of your Instagram feeds were filled with ‘wefies’ and all smiles on their faces. However, in spite of all of these excellent happiness rush, it is important to pause and reflect about what truly Christmas means.
Christmas by its own essence, contains the word ‘Christ’. Hence, it is definitely about Christ right? Jesus Christ, son of God, whom God sent to this world to save us. Christmas is all about this promise that God fulfil to save humanity. God knows that as His people is hopeless and could not obtain salvation apart from Him, He sent His only son to the world. Jesus was born in Bethlehem in order to die for us. Christ become one of us, in the flesh and blood so He can atone for our sins. He is the only way to God, because only He who can be both human and completely holy to sacrifice Himself for us.
Jesus is the only baby born to die. He was meant to die, so that the unspeakable joy can be ours. He was not only died for us, but He died as us. He died so that He can release us from the bondage of fear. The bondage that is the devil uses constantly by condemning us in our sins and failures. When Jesus redeemed us, He removes our sins once and for all. Forever. It means that there is nothing left in us for the devil to condemn. When the devil cannot condemn us, we are now free to live in freedom. We are no longer subject to slavery of fear and death. Peace and joy will dwell in our hearts and this will glorify God. Yes, indeed this is the essence of our utmost peace, where we can glorify and magnify God in our rejoicing heart. We can rejoice and have steadfast hope because this truth proves how God is eternal and faithful by fulfilling the promise He had made years before. Making a promise is one thing, but fulfilling a promise faithfully is the other thing. We can trust Him.
All of these glorious truth should stir our hearts. As hot as a fireplace might be, this truth should warm and comfort our heart better. The truth that Jesus gifted us eternal salvation that we once did not know we need nor we want it, is the real spectacle. This should drive our heart to worship Him in all of His beauty. In the past few weeks, the song by Covenant Worship titled “Isn’t The Name of Jesus” really rhymes in my heart. This song somehow invites me to sing along in worship about the beauty of the Almighty Saviour’s name, Jesus. I believe this is the song that God put in my heart in the moment of this year Christmas. To exalt and glorify the name of Jesus, who removed my sins and that makes Him all that I need.
It is nice that Christmas is nearing the end of the month. We can have that assuring comforts for the year to come, by knowing that if our faithful God is with us, we can have confident expectation that next year is gonna’ be awesome!