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What Is It About Christmas?

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What is it about Christmas that brings such joy and peace?
To those who understand it, it brings sweet release.
What is it about Christmas that brings such peace and joy?
And what are people finding beyond the food and toys?

It is the news of Jesus, Who gave Himself in love,
So we may be united, at last, to God above.
It is the joy that, freely, we may partake of Him
His glory, ever brighter, will never become dim.

And, though we cannot see it with earthly eyes so blind,
We see it in the Spirit. We serve Him with our mind.
The old man is now fading. The New Man, now, may grow.
And Christmas tells this story that started long ago.

So, now, we see, in Christmas, the hope of lives made new,
Of standing in God's presence, and walking with Him, too.
And every time we touch Him, He touches us as well,
And we are changed forever. This is what Christmas tells.

This living, flowing, Spirit of Him Who came that day
Is ever more abounding if we but give Him sway.
If we will yield our members to Him while here below,
His Spirit, yes, His Glory, will from within us flow.

And that is why sweet Christmas, now, offers joy and peace,
The Savior has the power to cause despair to cease.
For He obeyed the Father and our salvation won,
That those who don't reject Him can grow mature as sons.

If we receive the Savior and with Him e'er abide,
We turn toward heav'nly blessing, from vanity and pride.
And, standing in His presence, He changes us each day,
To, one day, grow to fullness, mature in every way.

We look for the completion. And Christmas gives us cheer.
We know the Christ of Christmas, Whose Presence we have here.
And, daily, as we seek Him and find Him ever more,
From glory to new glory, as eagles, we now soar.

Copyright Bob and Kathy Stenson. Freeware. Use it freely.

The second line of the first verse says that "it brings sweet release."
Rom 6:16-17 Do you not know that to whom you yield yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to him whom you obey; whether it is of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness. But thanks be to our God that you were the slaves of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. Then being made free from sin, you became the slaves of righteousness.

It is true that Jesus has the power to cause all sin to cease, but, some may have trouble believing it because, as long as we have the flesh, the flesh will be in rebellion against God. Does anyone really believe that in the Aion of the Aion we will continue to run around heaven sinning? We don't know God's timing, but He has a plan to change all of this sinful nature. Praise God for his promise and the coming full deliverance as the Bible declares plainly in Rom 8:18-24. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation waits for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creation was not willingly subjected to vanity, but because of Him who subjected it on hope that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. And we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only so, but ourselves also, who have the firstfruit of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, awaiting adoption, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen is not hope; for what anyone sees, why does he also hope for it? Modern King James Version

So, we will not continue to be plagued by sin to all eternity, and our hope is not in death but in life. Our hope is not that we die and go to heaven but our hope is the adoption, which is the same as saying that our hope is the redemption of our body. Our bodies, our flesh, our Adamic natures, cannot be reconciled to God. The flesh and the Spirit are opposed to each other, but we know that, in Jesus, we will be set free. This is the real work of the Church.

We know that, if we die, we are with the Lord in heaven . . . if we have received His salvation. However, that is just the temporary situation. In this Scripture and many others, the Bible firmly declares that our hope is in resurrection, and it further states that the resurrection is a Person, Jesus. There is an event, but we already have the Resurrection dwelling within us to the point that we can believe it.

Every enemy will be defeated. The final enemy is death. Death will be defeated. When death is defeated, Jesus can return. Even now, He has come to dwell in His Church in His Parousia (abiding presence). When death is defeated, He can leave the right hand of His Father and return to earth in bodily form.

Act 2:33-35 Therefore being exalted to the right of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured out this which you now see and hear. For David has not ascended into the heavens, but he says himself, "The LORD said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand until I place Your enemies as a footstool to Your feet."

Rom 8:34 Who is he condemning? It is Christ who has died, but rather also who is raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

Heb 10:12-13 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right of God, from then on expecting until His enemies are made His footstool.

But all things are not yet in subjection to Him, so we see sin and disorder and suffering in the world.

Heb 2:8 You subjected all things under his feet." For in subjecting all things to Him, He did not leave anything not subjected to Him. But now we do not see all things having been subjected to him.

The last enemy to be defeated will be death, and then, Jesus can return.

1Co 15:22-27 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first-fruit, and afterward they who are Christ's at His coming; then is the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He makes to cease all rule and all authority and power. for it is right for Him to reign until He has put all the enemies under His feet. The last enemy made to cease is death. For He put all things under His feet. But when He says that all things have been put under His feet, it is plain that it excepts Him who has put all things under Him.

1Co 15:49-57 And according as we bore the image of the earthy man, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man And I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I speak a mystery to you; we shall not all fall asleep, but we shall all be changed; in a moment, in a glance of an eye, at the last trumpet. For a trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality But when this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and when this mortal shall put on immortality, then will take place the word that is written, "Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?" The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the Law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Act 3:20-21 And He shall send Jesus Christ, who before was proclaimed to you, whom Heaven truly needs to receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of His holy prophets since the world began.

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