This Christmas message will be different than most. It is not a message of remembrance as much as it is a message of action. It is not a message of what God has done as much as it is a message of what God is continuing to do. And it is not a message depicted by a nativity scene or spoken as a sermon as much as it is a message proclaimed and demonstrated to every man and woman through the lives of those who have experienced the transformational power of the word becoming flesh.
The Christmas message is Incarnation. The Christmas message is the word becoming flesh. And it is not only our collective memory of the word becoming flesh on Christmas day, but the word becoming flesh in the daily lives of those who celebrate the Christ-child.
It was in the beginning that the word, or logos, existed. And the logos was with God and the logos was God. And the logos became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in this Jesus, and through him to bring humanity out of the dominion of darkness and into his Kingdom of light, making harmony to all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven. The logos from with-out broke with-in…in order to be in all and through all.
And this is where we leave the Christmas message, as something that happened in the past that needs to be celebrated annually, but it is rarely a message that calls us to offensive action in our lives.
But the very action of logos becoming flesh, of Christ being born, is offensive. It is the way of love confronting the hostile forces of hatred. It is the way of forgiveness confronting the systems of retaliation. It is the way of peace confronting methodologies of war. It is the way of joy confronting the masses of misery. The Christmas message of the Christ-child, of logos becoming flesh, is offensive to the powers of evil.
The logos becoming flesh is a confrontation to Satan and the demonic forces that enslave and lead the entire world astray. The logos becoming flesh stands in stark contrast to the conventional ways and workings of every single oppressive kingdom of the world. The logos becoming flesh is the very offensive action of the Kingdom of God breaking in, taking root, and then moving outward and onward throughout the world destroying the works of Satan through love, while reclaiming and restoring all of God’s good creation.
A note to the Christian: the Incarnation…the word becoming flesh…the logos becoming flesh…the Good News of Great Joy is not on the defensive. It is on the offensive march destroying every stronghold and every work of Satan through the word, the logos, becoming flesh in Jesus Christ and becoming flesh in our own lives.
We have cowered and believed that we were on the defensive for too long. We have been fighting the wrong battle through the wrong means. Our battle is not fighting for the 10 commandments on government property, prayer in school, or Christmas to be publicly recognized. And our means of fighting is not through arguing, bullying, suing, or twisting another’s arm in submission.
The battle we wage is not against flesh and blood, but against the oppressive spiritual forces of evil. And this offensive is fought with the sword of the Spirit, which is the very logos of God. And this logos of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword.
John writes in the book of Revelation that, “[Satan] has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word, the logos, of their testimony.” The logos penetrates deep, convicting and transforming us from the inside. The logos becomes flesh in our lives, moving outward in testimony breaking down the gates of hell and destroying the work of Satan in other’s lives.
It is the life-changing testimony of how the love, forgiveness, and peace of God broke down the enemy strongholds in our own lives and changed us at our core. It is the testimony of how the logos of God continues to rescue and restore the broken-hearted, the lost and afraid, and the enslaved and oppressed.
The logos becoming flesh happened and we celebrate it. But the logos becoming flesh didn’t just happen and then end. The logos becoming flesh continues on the offensive in and through our lives…in and through our testimony. Moment by moment and person by person the logos of God continues to spread as it did two millennia ago, “The logos of God kept on spreading ; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly…”
This Christmas, let the message be one of remembrance and one of action. A message of what God has done and what God is continuing to do. And a message depicted through nativity and sermon but also proclaimed and demonstrated to every man and woman through the lives of those who have experienced the transformational power of the logos becoming flesh.