Let me be the last to pronounce that we are in the season of Advent. Even though we’re less than a week after Thanksgiving, we’ve seen the evidence that Christmas is coming for three months in the displays and commercials seeking to condition our minds into pulling out cash and plastic. To a growing number the reason for the season is what stimulates the economy.
Indicative that our society has lost its memory of the meaning of Christmas was the theft last week of a Salvation Army kettle containing perhaps fifty dollars at a Belk store in Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem.
Yet it is for these very kinds of wrongs that we need Christmas. I’m going to use my opportunities here in December to explain just why it was necessary for Christ, the Immanuel – “God with us” – to step down from His throne on high to be born in a barn and laid in a feeding trough for livestock.
Go back with me all the way…at least all the way as far as our existence is concerned to creation. In the first chapter of Genesis, as God spoke the universe into existence He paused seven times to pronounce each aspect of His creation as “good”. In fact, the last time He looked at our home and said, “It is very good”. Of course it was! God don’t make no junk! (Pardon my grammar.)
Creating the day and separating it from the darkness of night caused God to say, “It is good”. Separating the dry land from the seas, He called the continents and islands “good”. All of the vegetation He created was “good”, (which let’s us know sandspurs came later). Sun, moon and stars? All “good” according to God. The birds of the sky and the creatures of the sea were “good”. Then He made all the animals that live on the land, from livestock to the creepy-crawlers and said they were all “good”.
His last creation was us. Putting His own image into humanity was a step above the rest of earth’s occupants. And when that was done verse 31 tells us, “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.”
Can you imagine with me a world void of any sort of pollution? None of the animal kingdom was on an endangered list because the “good” earth allowed them all to thrive. Think of the brightest, starriest night you can recall. In the beginning every night was like that. It was a perfect world, beautiful in every way. In fact, we’re later told that creation itself was enough to show our world how much our Creator cared when He made all this and that He alone is God.
But something adverse would take place that ruined perfection, turning God’s masterpiece into much less. Fast-forward to these words of Paul to the Roman church, describing what followed.
“They [mankind] exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is blessed forever.” (Romans 1:25 HCSB)
Then fast forward again. Way forward this time to one of the last recorded phrases uttered by Christ. In Revelation 21:5 He says, "Look! I am making everything new." His plan is to re-create what has been broken. That day is yet to come. And Christmas was a necessary event in re-creating the earth and final perfection.