“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27
As this Christmas season comes to an end, I want to share one more thing that has been rolling around in my mind.
The other night, as we drove through Jellystone Park to look at Christmas lights, I couldn’t help but notice the “Christian” Christmas songs that played on the radio as the lights danced to their rhythm.
Christ was being glorified.
Then we got to see the fountain show at Opryland Hotel. The theme of the fountain show was Jesus’ birth. As the music played, a pre-recorded voice read the Christmas story from scripture. The climatic moment was when Isaiah 9:6 was read. We watched in awe as the water changed from color to color and the 80 foot fountain in the center rose in ever increasing suspension as we heard these powerful words: “And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Christ was being exalted.
Then we went outside the Opryland Hotel to look at the beautiful Christmas decorations. Right there, smack dab in the front of the hotel was an enormous white nativity scene on display. Once again, a recording of the scripture of Christ’s birth was being read loud and clear on the front lawn.
Christ was being honored.
It’s interesting to me that as much as Satan tries to downplay and demean the true meaning of Christmas…he hasn’t been successful! With all the controversy every year of what to do about the “Christ” in Christmas, the message of Christ’s birth is still being heard all over the world.
With every little flame Satan tries to stamp out, new ones keep popping up and spread like wildfire.
Sure, Satan gets lots of attention. He loves the limelight. He flaunts his work in the media. He’s been working overtime doing everything he can to get “Merry Christmas” changed to something else…anything else but Christ!
He might win a few battles, but he’s already lost the war.
Over 2,000 years ago, God’s precious son was born to an ordinary couple in an ordinary way. There was no “Breaking News” report, no tweets, no world-wide media attention. Jesus was born in a very small town in the lowly animal stable. The people who were the first to hear the big news were just common shepherds.
And just look at how the story of Christ’s birth has spread across our world!
How can this be?
God doesn’t need the big flashy billboards or the media. He doesn’t need the “Who’s Who” following Him on Twitter and Facebook.
It only took a few.
A few shepherds. A few wise-men.
See, something truly significant happens to those few who have encountered the Christ of Christmas. A flame was ignited, and it grew and grew and grew.
Those who have experienced the “fire” of the life changing power of Christ in their lives cannot keep it a secret.
When we call upon His name and surrender our lives to Him, when we allow Him to become the Lord of our lives and take up permanent residence in our hearts, He ignites a fire of passion inside of our hearts that burns hot, deep, and strong.
His flame penetrates to the depths of our souls filling our lives with life, peace, joy, and forgiveness.
The fire of Christ! There’s absolutely nothing like it.
It is not so much the Christ in Christmas that Satan fears, what he fears most is the Christ in YOU!
It is a fire that he cannot quench.
Christ in you! The Hope of Glory!