Christians heartily enjoy this holiday on the basis of our observation of the advent of the Son of God. Others find peace and joy in other means, although it is a more temporary pleasure that fades quickly afterwards. In a troubled world, however, it gives respite from the sin that plagues this planet. In World War I, the Allied and German soldiers instituted a prolonged cease fire in their respective trenches on Christmas Day. They fellowshipped and exchanged gifts in “no man’s land” between the trenches. Immediately after this cease fire, they were threatened with court martial and execution if they did not get back to killing each other! So much for Peace On Earth And Good Will Towards Men. IT IS A TYPE OF THE MILLENIUM. As a Christian I envision this time of year as the closest we will ever be to heaven before we get there. Even Charles Dicken’s character from the Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge, got it right on Christmas Eve. I believe his three dreams and sudden over night change of character is symbolic of the new birth (John 3:3). May we enjoy this season and reflect hearts that are full of peace, all because of the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
“God incarnate is the end of fear.” –F.B. Meyer