We are all familiar with A Christmas Carol written by English author Charles Dickens and published in 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation resulting from supernatural visits from Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.
While we enjoy this seasonal classic, let’s take a look at the Original Christmas Carol to see three gift’s God has for us.
God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Gen 2:7 NIV)
God breathed His soul into His creation. Thus the earth was full of God’s character. This was Christmas Past.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
(Luke 2:25-32 NIV)
With the birth of Christ, God gave His Son, Jesus, so that whoever would believe, would have eternal life. When Simeon saw the Christ child and recognized Jesus is a special gift from God, he praised God.
During His three years of public ministry, Jesus showed the world the greatest gift possible; the gift of life. John 10:10. This is Christmas Present.
Christmas Yet To Come
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
(Revelation 21:1-5 NIV)
A new heaven and a new earth – A New Jerusalem full of God’s character and nature. This is Christmas Yet To Come.
Now you have a choice to make. Some choose to believe while others choose to not believe. Do you believe God did what the Bible said He did?
If so, celebrate Christmas by praising God for His creation, His Son Jesus, and for the New Jerusalem yet to come.
If not, ask God to reveal the mystery of His precious gift to you. All you have to do is receive it.
Merry Christmas to all. Thanks for stopping by. Y’all come back now.