Christmas Supplement to the Reflections

Christmas Day

by Aaron Fenker
God is a promise keeper. And that’s our joy this Christmas season: God always keeps His promises.

It’s a promise that He made, originally, to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. After Adam and Eve rebelled against God, what did God do? He made a promise. He made a promise to save them. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between her seed and your seed. He shall crush your head and you shall strike His heel.” The promise of a Savior. Jesus would come.

Our joy today is that God moved all of the universe to keep that promise.  He raised up kings, brought down kings and nations, ruled everything -- ruled all of creation in order to keep that promise. In order to be born. In order to save us from our sin. He’s named Jesus because He would save His people. All people are His people. And He would save us from our sins.

What separates us from God, what rebellion we have against God is overcome. Jesus conquers the devil, the serpent who deceived Adam and Eve. Jesus conquers our sin. He bears the consequences of our sin -- our sinfulness. Not just the bad things we do, the sins we do, but He conquers the source of them.

For He was born just like you and me -- except without sin, without sinfulness. And He didn’t commit any sins, He lived a perfect life in your place. And He bore not only the punishment that not only your sins deserve, but the punishment that your sinfulness deserves, your rebellion against God.

Jesus also conquered death. He...died. He went into a grave. That’s where we’re all gonna end up, too. And this holiday season, we’re confronted with that in the midst of a pandemic. We’re confronted with family members that aren’t around to celebrate with us.

But Jesus overcame that. He rose from the dead! Jesus was dead, then He wasn’t anymore. Also God’s promise. Because God always keeps His promises. And that’s our great joy -- that we are saved because of Jesus.

One of my favorite Christmas hymns is “All My Heart Again Rejoices” (LSB 360). And my favorite stanza in that hymn is the second one. It is here that the Conqueror has spoken: “Now the foe, sin and woe, death and hell are broken. God is Man, man to deliver. And the Son, now is one with our blood forever.”

Jesus is Immanuel. God in the flesh. He became Man to save us. And now, God the Son is also a human being, forever. God can’t go back on His promises, or He’d have to destroy Himself.

And our joy is Christ being that conqueror for our sake. We hear, we listen, perk up our ears this Christmas season when we remember what Jesus did for us. The Conqueror speaks this Christmas Day. He speaks in that He cries. He really was a baby, just like you and me. All babies cry -- not all crying is a result of sin. I mean, babies have to tell you they’re hungry in some way. But at that cry, that’s the Conqueror speaking. Speaking that He’s been born to conquer sin, death, and the power of the devil.

And that cry of Baby Jesus is echoed by the Man, Jesus, on the Cross, when He cried out with a loud voice, “It is finished!” And that last triumphant cry, we will praise Jesus forever and ever.

Our joy this Christmas season, in the midst of all that’s going on, is Jesus. It’s not that Jesus is the reason for the season…you and I, all of mankind, WE are the reason for the season. Because we are the reason Jesus was born. To save us. We are the reason that God Himself became one of us. “God as Man, man to deliver.” Immanuel. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

We are the reason the Father sent His Son. And we are the reason that God the Holy Spirit right now, you listening to this video, is working on you to strengthen and create faith in Jesus so that you would be saved.

So from me, in the middle of Kansas, to you, wherever you are, I’m wishing you a very merry Christmas. But not just me, the Dean of Theology, ALL of Higher Things...all of the staff, all of the pastors, all of the Board of Directors...we want to wish each one of you a very merry Christmas. For no other reason than because of Jesus. Jesus for you, Jesus for me. That’s what Christmas is all about.

Merry Christmas!
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