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Friday, December 21, 2012

The Mathematics of Christmas: Jesus = Love + Forgiveness + Life + Peace

God came to earth as a Baby, and Satan attacked quickly through the wicked King Herod, who sent soldiers to Bethlehem to murder all little boys who were two years old and younger. Satan was hoping to destroy his Enemy. He murdered all of those sweet babies, but he did not stop Jesus from doing what He came to do. Jesus came to glorify the Father as He reconciled sinners to God, and He accomplished His purpose.

The Advent of Christ was a beautiful, holy thing. From the moment He was laid in that manger, His eye was focused on the cross, but between the times Jesus made contact with those two wooden structures, Satan attacked again and again and again, sometimes face to face, sometimes through people who unwittingly (or not) did his bidding. He thought he had won once and for all when the Lord of heaven and earth was nailed to that cross, when He gave up His spirit, but he had not. Satan was defeated on that cross, as was death.

First Peter 5:8 tells us, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Believers, Satan is our enemy. We must ever walk with care, making sure that we do not stray onto his feeding grounds.

God so loved us that He gave His precious Son, and with His Son came forgiveness and life and peace. The Baby in the manger came to die on a cross so that we might be forgiven and in turn, forgive others. Jesus already did the math for us: love, forgiveness, and peace are words that should rule our relationships and our lives. We need to praise our Lord for His grace to us, pray for wisdom and strength as we take our sustenance from His Word, search for ways to please and serve Him, and always seek peace with one another, as we love one another from the heart.

"Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God" (1 Peter 1:22–23).

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