Deuteronomy 3: How on Earth Did I Find Christmas Here?
Merry Christmas! I hope that you all have an excellent holiday and remember the True Reason for our celebration!
Deuteronomy chapter 3 might not seem like a very Christmasy passage, but I assure you that it is. After all, isn’t Jesus everywhere in history? He might not have physically been on earth in His earthly body, but He has been intricately involved with everything for all time. God is as active and alive today as He ever was or will be.
Still, to returned to Deuteronomy, we are being reminded by Moses how the power of God was exhibited through the Israelites.
Deu 3:4 And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
Deu 3:5 All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many.
Through the power of God, the Israelites were able to overtake all of these seemingly insurmountable foes. They took down fortresses through His divine might.
Now, we are called to also take on an enemy that might seem overwhelming. Just like the Israelites, we need the power of God to conquer our opposition.
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
As we are attacking the gates of hell, we know that we will win. In fact, we know that we will win because the Rock that the church is built upon is salvation through Jesus Christ. Because Jesus died, we have been given the gift of salvation, and through that salvation, we are no longer slaves to sin.
How were we given this gift?
Jesus needed to die on the cross and take on the sins of the world, but He needed to be born first.
That is why we celebrate Christmas.
The miraculous virgin birth started a sinless life that qualified Jesus as the perfect Sacrifice capable of atoning for every mistake you or I have ever made. We don’t deserve mercy, but we have been given it.
I encourage you to think about this as you celebrate today. The festivities are fun, and I think that we all can say that we love spending time with family or friends.
However, I would encourage you to think behind the tinsel. Think about how God came to earth to provide the final blow to Satan. Just like the Israelites conquered their enemies, Jesus was born to conquer Satan and death. That is why we will never forget this day.