The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
1 JOHN 3:8
Sometimes it seems like our lives will never change. We say we serve an all powerful God Who loves us and can do anything but in our day to day experience there are many frustrations that never seem to change. If we are honest, we would have to admit we really don’t see much of anything in our experience moving forward. It is so easy to become complacent but Christmas holds a promise of breaking out of our current circumstances. Like today’s verse promises, Christ came to destroy the works of the devil. So this Christmas I am going to go to the Lord with expectancy, expectant that He will bring me into a new place of blessing in the coming year. Here are some thoughts from John Piper on this very topic.
“…the coming of the Son of God into the world is so much more than a historical fact. It was a message of hope sent by God to teenagers and single parents and crabby husbands and sullen wives and overweight women and impotent men and disabled neighbors and people with same-sex attraction and preachers and lovers—and you.
And since the Son of God lived, died, rose, reigns, and is coming again, God’s message through him is more than a historical fact. It is a Christmas gift to you from the voice of the living God.
Thus says the Lord: the meaning of Christmas is that what is good and precious in your life need never be lost, and what is evil and undesirable in your life can be changed. The fears that the few good things that make you happy are slipping through your fingers, and the frustrations that the bad things you hate about yourself or your situation can’t be changed—these fears and these frustrations are what Christmas came to destroy.”
We are celebrating this Christmas, celebrating the fact that our lives are not stagnant. We don’t have to stay in the same condition of failure or lack or confusion drifting through life like the rest of the world who have no hope. We have a hope. Christ has come and He has destroyed the works of the devil. At Christmas, we celebrate the victory of His coming. He not only came, He is Immanuel, He is with us now and His victory is ours.