Sandy Hook ElementaryChristmas has everything to do with the tragic killing of 26 people (20 of them children) at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT last Friday.  Here’s what I mean.  When we think about Jesus and Christmas, what usually comes to mind are warm thoughts of a cute baby in a manger, surrounded by nice little animals and caring parents wrapping him in soft clothes.  But something more was happening that first Christmas morning, something heroic, something violent, something dangerous.  Christmas is how God invaded the world, a world ruled by the Prince of Darkness.  This baby would grow up a warrior.  Christmas is about warfare.  John tells us that, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).  The devil behind all temptation, the devil behind all evil, the devil behind the massacre of kindergarteners and their teachers; this devil and his works would be destroyed by the baby in the manger.  In his first coming at the first Christmas, Jesus began destroying the devil’s works, and at his second coming in the future Jesus will complete his destruction of the devil’s works.  One day this Christmas child, now seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, will cast the devil “into the lake of fire and sulfur where . . . he will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).  From that day forth and forevermore there will be no more death, no more school shootings, no more crying, and no more pain, for the former things will have passed away, and behold, Jesus will make all things new.  Praise God for the Warrior-Child.  Praise God for Christmas.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Pastor Grant