The Great Enemy

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
Christmas time offers a wonderful time for us to enjoy heartwarming stories we can watch on TV. It is nice to find things that get us into the holiday spirit and bring back fond memories of the past, but we must also remember that many of these present a humanistic view of the hope of human happiness.
When we are introduced to the Christmas miracle of Jesus birth, we are introduced to the great need for a Savior. There is a problem in the human heart that human kindness, and “Christmas magic” cannot resolve.   If we are not careful, we can easily begin to think that Christmas is about happiness and human love and kindness when these are symptoms of the real need in the heart.
Matthew 1:21 tells us that the reason the Savior came is because of our problem of sin. We are sinners by nature and sinners by action. Sin has deadly consequences. It’s penalty was announced to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden when God put them there, (Gen. 2:17). Satan’s tempting of Eve revealed she knew the consequences and that Satan knew it as well, (Gen. 3:1-5). Sin brought physical death, spiritual death, destructive consequences in the world, and eternal death that will separate us from God for eternity.
The purpose of Christmas was to remedy the sin problem and bring full redemption for sin and offer salvation as a gift to man. The promise of this redemption was made to Adam and Eve in the Garden (Gen. 3:15), and the seed of the woman is fulfilled in the miraculous virgin birth of Jesus.  It is true that when the sin problem is remedied in the soul by receiving Christ as our Savior, there is a joy, love, peace, and kindness that results and makes the Christmas season more special.
 
Keep your eye on the Savior and the genuine fruits of the Spirit will overflow in your heart.