What do you do when you’re looking around and realize what Christmas should look like simply isn’t the reality for you? When all that holiday cheer seems to have skipped over you, how do you make it through the day? When all you really want to do is find some dark place away from all the lights, music, and laughter of those who seem to have such picture-perfect lives, where do you go? How do you survive?
Many days are hard, but why is it Christmas seems so much harder? Why is it depression and suicide seem to loom to the surface so much faster on Christmas of all holidays?
What if it’s not just what we’re missing during the Christmas season that’s the problem? What if its something that’s a part of Christmas that we don’t think about being there?
We see and think about the surface of what Christmas represents: lights, family, presents, parties, festivities, trees, decorations, nativities, carols, cards, cookies, etc.
But… What if we looked beyond the surface of Christmas?
Have we ever asked why there’s a shift to say, “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”?
Have we ever thought about why Santa Clause and Reindeer get more attention at Christmas than Christ?
Have we ever paused to wonder what the adversary of Christ is up to on this “Happy Holiday”?
In the spiritual realm, Christmas was not, is not, and will never be a “Happy Holiday.” It was the startling beginning of the second to last battle in the WAR for all humanity. It was the moment every angel and every person in heaven and on earth who feared God had been waiting for and yet dreaded… It was the moment God took a direct, and ultimately final, action against evil, knowing it would literally tear His heart to shreds.
But that’s getting ahead of the story, because that was Satan’s long calculated attack toward the end, but Satan’s initial desperate response to Christ and Christmas came much earlier.
When Satan figured out Who God had placed on earth (which began what we call Christmas), you know what Satan did? He tried to wipe Jesus off the face of the earth.
Mat 2:16 “Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.”
It didn’t work though. Even though Herod obeyed Satan (2Ti 2:26), God’s people obeyed Him. The wise men took another route, and Mary and Joseph listened to God’s warning, packed up everything, and left for Egypt. (Mat 2:11-14) Jesus survived on Christmas and lived to accomplish the most unimaginable battle tactic every accomplished on earth, thwarting the power of sin, Satan, and death and paying the price for our freedom.
Christmas is and was the beginning of the end for Satan, and he hates the holiday. Because no matter how hard he tries, Christmas does and will always point to Christ and how His life made a way for those bound in evil to be free to serve and live what is good and pure and right.
Yet, as much as Christmas represents an Ultimate Gift of Salvation, only those who live to hear and accept it will take part in the Victory over evil God brought to earth and the Hope kindled the night Christ was born. The war continues though, and just as the two thieves on the crosses who died along side Jesus Christ had two choices before them, so do we. And just like those thieves we can either say to our LORD, “Prove You have power and solve all our earthly problems right here and right now.” Or we can say, “I believe You are who You say You are LORD and that what You have come to do means far more than a solution for today or tomorrow. This earth will mean nothing and my life upon it will gain me nothing, if You forsake the mission You have set out to accomplish. So do not turn aside for me or my comfort here, but for one thing I ask, that YOU OH LORD GOD would take me with You to where You rule and reign.”
Luk 23:43 “And Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.’”
Satan knows he is going to lose this war, and he knows that Christmas out of all the holidays we celebrate points directly to Christ, so just like everything GOD has ever made Satan has set out to twist Christmas into something that it’s not. He has set out to kill and destroy (1Pe 5:8) on the Christmas holiday particularly, because if he can influence toward depression and suicide on Christ’s Day of all days then he can do it anytime. Satan is making a statement, and he’s doing so at our expense!
So let’s stop looking at Christmas like it’s a party we’re missing out on, and start realizing it’s a battle we’re failing to fight.
James 4:7 “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Jesus didn’t come to earth to throw a party, He came to earth in power and might to fight a war. So is it any surprise that when we look beyond the lights, family, presents, parties, festivities, trees, decorations, nativities, carols, cards, and cookies, that we see chaos? This war isn’t over yet. We are celebrating Light in the midst of darkness, because the Light has come!
Luk 2:29-32 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.”
We celebrate not because today’s problems are solved, but because The Solution to the problems of yesterday, today, tomorrow, and all time was given to us on Christmas. Evil is not gone here on earth, but it can be gone inside of us when we choose to accept Jesus Christ our Savior as our LORD AND KING. And evil does not exist in heaven!
Surviving Christmas isn’t about whether we feel it or not, its whether we believe Him or not. And if we believe Him, we need to live Him and His light.
Luk 2:13-14 “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’”
We have something to Celebrate! So let’s celebrate it to spite Satan and to give Glory to God, Who Was and Is and Is to Come!