God's greatest Day - when He reopened the
door to Paradise
Lk 2: 1-7
Many people are saying "happy
Christmas" while not understanding why Christmas is happy and why gifts are given.
Christmas Day is God's greatest day because He reopened the way back into Paradise.
To the text: Though Caesar was the Emperor of
the whole known world and was a pagan man living in his sins, God used Him to fulfil His
purposes. This shows us that God is not dismayed by political wickedness and can use even
the ungodly to bring about His plans. When Caesar's hand signed the legal document
ordering the census he didn't realise that God's Hand was at work. In vs 2 every man had
to be counted in his home town. This meant that Joseph, though living in Nazareth, had to
go to Bethlehem at the precise moment that Mary was to give birth. The baby in the manger
is, in fact, the One who controls the whole universe!
Through Adam's sin Paradise was lost. He had
listened to his wife instead of God. They were both expelled from the garden of Paradise
and angels with flaming swords refused them entry. From their enjoyment of the garden they
went to the curse outside with all it's sweat, pain, sorrows and the grave. God made sure
that human beings could never eat of the Tree of Life while living in sin. Imagine if they
could live forever in enmity to God!
God's answer was found in the manger! Jesus was born in the humblest of
circumstances so that He could lift up the lowest of the lowest sinner up into Paradise.
This was the greatest Day of God giving His
only begotten Son for us. The locked gates to Paradise have been reopened by this baby in
the manger. Jesus Himself is the Tree of Life. We can only be redeemed from the curse of
our sins through Him. Now we can eat and drink of Him (as is symbolized in the Lord's
supper - eating and drinking of Him because of His death on the Cross). We were blocked
from Paradise in Genesis but in Revelations we find that those in Paradise can enjoy the
Tree of Life. This life begins here.
From Paradise lost to Paradise regained.
Enter in today, through Jesus. No matter what your sins may be and the sorrows of life you
have been through you can accept God's gift to you today. If you refuse His gift then you
must remain outside of Paradise. For ever!