Seeing Ourselves through the Lense of Christmas
“There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were his own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name…” (John 1:9-12 NASB)
Christian Worldview studies are meant to help us view the world in the proper way. God created both what we see and what we don’t see. Man, in his pride, disbelieved God and disobeyed His Word bringing the corrosive influence of sin into the world. The resulting damage to our relationships with God, with self, with others and even with the created world is something we experience every day.
But God, in His mercy and love, provided a way for mankind to be restored. This is what the Christmas season is about. Although man, on his own, could not repair the damage caused by sin, the Son of God coming into the world as a Man brought the “true light” and salvation to those who would respond to Him in faith.
The passage quoted above connects the ideas of Christian Worldview and Christmas together. Notice how many times the word “world” is used. Notice God’s view of the world. Notice how inter-connected God the Son is with this world that He created. Notice His love for this world in coming to this world and becoming one of us in order to restore our relationships damaged by sin. Notice that because of His love for us, He gives us the “right” to become children of God when we believe in His name.
Are you one of the “children of God?” There is no better time than today to consider the reality of your sin, and your need for a Savior. Christ has come, and during this season we celebrate His coming. May this year be a time for each of us to really see – and understand – the depth of God’s love for us in the presence of His Son on earth.
(Original written for the December 2011 Newsletter of the One in the Son chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association, Grand Rapids, MI)