The Christmas We Forget

The Christmas We Forget: "Hope"

Randy Christian

If you were to ask people to sum up the “Christmas Spirit” in one word, “hope” would certainly be among the favorite responses. This hope isn’t just modern sentiment born from our need. It was part of the Christmas story from the very beginning. The Christmas event was the fulfillment of hope for the Jewish people—a way to overcome the oppression of the Gentiles who had ruled them for centuries. But the irony is it was also the fulfillment of hope for the Gentile oppressors as well. The Christmas event was and is the introduction of hope for the entire world—a hope that God has something better in store for us than what we have made for ourselves.

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The Christmas We Forget: "Rescue"

Randy Christian

With our focus on happiness and joy to the world, we forget that Christmas is ultimately about rescue. The Christmas story begins with the truth that God determined Jesus would be born, would live and grow into the man He was, and would give His life for us. This was God’s plan of rescue and He would not allow anything men did to derail His plan. His love for us was too strong, and His plan to rescue us was too important. The very end of the Christmas narrative is a reminder of this fact. God loved the world so much He made certain His plan of rescue would be carried out.

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The Christmas We Forget: "Out of the Darkness"

Edmund Brooks

For many of us, Christmas is about joy, smiling children, people giving grace to each other in the “spirit of Christmas”. But Christmas is—and always has been—also a time of darkness and despair. When we celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus with the shepherds and animals giving Him glory, we often forget that what followed was the slaughter of any baby boys born in that area over a period of two years in an attempt to kill the baby we celebrate. In this slaughter humanity showed the depths of sin and darkness it is willing to embrace. But God didn’t allow the story to end there. In the Christmas event He took the darkness and He turned it into light. The very act of gift giving is a way of remembering the gift of light God gave the world.

THE CHRISTMAS WE FORGET - Out of the Darkness study guide