Taking out the trash!
“Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: “Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes and avenge myself on my enemies. I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.” – Isaiah 1:24-25
In order to understand Why Christmas we must first understand what man is without God. Man only seeks what is good for man if God is not the center of man’s existence!
What does that look like?
In a nutshell, “screw you I only want my pleasure here and now” attitude toward life! Remember God Is Love! Sex, money, power and even religion are among the most common gods of all time.
Yes I said religion because religion is even more insidious than the others because religion lulls to sleep the ones who follow it into a false sense of being close to The God when in fact they are having an emotional experience and an event based on “doing” and not resting!
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For now let me state that God and following Him is a focus on Love NOT law! If you look above at the passage of scripture from the prophet Isiah you will see that God will “remove the dross” or the bad part from His enemies – Not the law or effort but God!
Read further and God will remove All our impurities! Yes I said our because we are All His enemies in our natural state!
Here is the cool thing – while we were God’s enemies – He Loved, Loves and will always Love us so much that He created a way for All our impurities to be removed – that way is JESUS!
The “Why Christmas – Part 2” big secret is this – on our own we just want out fleshly selves satisfied – right here and right now we want self-gratification! But this takes us away from Love – God Is Love! While we think only of ourselves and our desires here and now and for instant gratification – we are enemies to Love!
To restore the relationship that God once had with man at the time of Adam – He created the way for man to see uncompromising, unflinching, unending and unconditional Love through showing us what that looked like in the person of Jesus Christ! If we believe in Him that relationship is restored and Love will grow as you listen to it!