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Satan Comes to Town on Christmas Day!

Updated on September 1, 2017
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Odewoye,Graduate Electrical Engineering,Registered member, Engineering Council U.K,Registered member(COREN) Nigeria. Professional Engineer.

Introduction.

“For centuries it has been known that Christmas means fellowship, fasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer.”
The Satan comes to town on Christmas day Do you know that? Yes, it’s true! The devil comes to town on Christmas day to mock and to rob us of celebrating the mystery of the birth of the Lord in holiness, sanity and in godly happiness. Satan is not happy that we have a day like Christmas to celebrate the birth of our saviour, which is indeed a glorious remembrance of the dawn of our freedom from the slavery of sin and the end of the devil’s reign and hold in our world.

He is not invited, yet he makes his appearance yearly. Right now he is preparing to make another appearance at the coming Christmas celebrations. Don’t be fooled by his presence; don’t be moved by his lies. He is not to celebrate the joy of the day with us. He comes to town to trick us into sin, making us believe that the most memorable and the most magical Christmas celebrations are the ones that wantonly give way to the evil cravings of the flesh caught up in wild and sinful gyrations. He wants you to believe that the wilder, the merrier!

1. The devil’s plan.

There are those who still wrongly believe that Christmas is a time to paint the town red with wild gyrations and sinful acts. For such people, Christmas becomes boring and uninteresting when the flesh is not fully engaged in the self-gratification acts of lust, sexual recklessness, drunkenness and gluttony. Indeed, Christmas is a time when there is much to eat, so much that some eat and eat without self-control and fall into the sin of gluttony.

There is also a free flow of drinks so much that some drink and drink without self-restraint and fall into the sin of drunkenness. Some get so drunk that they end up fighting and becoming the public nuisance. Some over eat so much to the extent of ending up in hospitals sick with diarrhoea and dysentery.

Christmas is a good time to visit one another, but some have turned this social aspect of Christmas into the occasion for illicit sexual acts believing that this will make the Yuletide more ‘romantic’. This is what Satan will want us to do at Christmas.

That is why he comes to town on Christmas day. On Christmas day the devil becomes so restless and hyperactive with the sole desire of luring as many people as possible into sin. Thomas Adams says, “The devil is no idle spirit, but a vagrant runagate walker that never rests in one place. The motive, cause, and main intention of his walking are to ruin man”. It is no surprise then that the full weight of the devil’s intention is unleashed on our villages, town and cities on Christmas day.

The devil’s plan is to take as many souls to himself on Christmas day while pretending all the while to offer the best of merriment to make the day memorable, pleasurable and magical.

On Christmas day, the devil comes to town to entangle the youth with beauty, the drunkard with drinks, the glutton with food, and the worldly with carnal desires.

Christmas is a Spirit
Christmas is a Spirit

2. Christmas is a ‘Spirit’!

It was Williams Parks who said, “Christmas is not just a day; an event to be observed and speedily forgotten. It is a ‘spirit’ which should permeate every part of our lives”. This is indeed true because Christmas is not another mundane celebration. It is a deeply spiritual celebration that ought to connect us to the genesis of the new dispensation that began with the birth of our saviour and indeed the beginning of a new life for us.

Christmas as a spirit:

1. As a ‘spirit’, Christmas should never be a social event and certainly not a mundane gathering of people celebrating in debauchery, orgies, drunkenness, sexual and immoral acts.

2. As a ‘spirit’, Christmas should be celebrated in spirit and not in flesh. Christmas is a feast in honour of Jesus Christ, the second person of the Most Holy Trinity who is God and holy.
As God, Jesus Christ is spirit and all those who seek to worship him at Christmas, “must worship him in spirit and truth”(John 4:24). The events marking the birth of Jesus Christ and as recorded in the Bible were deeply manifestations of the Holy Spirit. For instance, the Gospel of Luke plainly tells us that at the announcement of the Nativity of the Lord to the Shepherds, “Suddenly the angel was surrounded by many more heavenly spirits, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth for God is blessing humankind” (Luke 2:13-14). Here, the heavenly spirits came down to celebrate the first Christmas with the shepherds.

These same heavenly spirits will only join our own Christmas celebrations again here on earth if and only when we are fully prepared to celebrate in spirit and not in the flesh; in holiness and not in iniquities.

3. To celebrate Christmas:

1. Do not expect the heavenly spirits to join in your celebration when your special guest of honour on Christmas day is Satan himself.

2. Do not expect the heavenly spirits to join you in celebrating Christmas in a beer parlour, in a brothel and in other ungodly events and activities.

Any celebration that implicitly or explicitly, consciously and deliberately excludes the presence of the Holy Spirit is not a celebration of Christmas as a spirit. Thus, whatever you do at Christmas, wherever you may go at Christmas, whatever you drink and eat at Christmas, do not allow the flesh to dictate the tone and the pace of your celebration.

Do not give room for Satan to hijack your celebrations. Never forget that Christmas is a ‘spirit’ to be celebrated in spirit and not in the flesh; not in drunkenness, over eating, smoking, wild parties and sexual perversions.

You would have missed the spiritual essence of Christmas if at the end of the Yuletide you have nothing to recount in the spirit and you have no place for Christ in your heart. Frank Mckibben says “This is Christmas; not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ”. Christmas will remain just a day, A date and an event to be quickly forgotten when it is not celebrated as a call to a renewed life of holiness in Christ Jesus.

The kind advice of Madeline Morse is worth recalling here. She said, Let Christmas not become a thing merely of merchant’s trafficking. Make Christmas the rebirth of your soul in the spirit of Christ Jesus.

Jesus Christ was born
Jesus Christ was born

4. The true spirit of Christmas.

Until one feels the true spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. The true spirit of Christmas is love. The only reason for the season itself is the fact that God the Father “so loved the world that gave us his only Son, that whoever believes shall not perish but have eternal life”. (John 3:16).

Christmas is essentially a celebration of God’s love for us. It is solely because of God’s love for the sinful human race that there is Christmas to be celebrated yearly right from the first one celebrated more than 2000 years ago when Christ was born in Bethlehem. You and I did not invent Christmas!

God Himself gave us Christmas as perfect demonstration of His divine love for us. Consequently, any celebration of Christmas that is not done in the spirit of love is not in honour of the one born on Christmas day. As Mother Teresa said, “Love is a fruit in season at all times”. Christmas is a time and a season to love and to be loved. It is only when love is truly in our hearts that we can say we have the true spirit of Christmas in our hearts.

As Richard Robert says, “It is not even the beginning of Christmas unless it is Christmas in the heart.” It will truly be Christmas in the heart only when there is true love in the heart. The true spirit of Christmas demands that we go out of our way to share the joy of the season with all and sundry. Christmas as a celebration of God’s love is a feast of joy and showering gifts on others.

However, we must realize that the true spirit of Christmas will get watered down if we concentrate our love and generosity in a restrictive manner exclusively to only those near and dear to us.

Thus Bishop Valerian D’Souza reminds that, “We are generous and even lavish when it is a question of spending money on ourselves or on those near and dear to us. The same generosity is due to the poor too. But it is not just a question of money. It means acceptance and love. Christmas must mean that the poor feel accepted and loved by us. The paradox is that in giving we receive more than we give”.

The fact is that God was the first to give us the greatest gift heaven could offer us on Christmas day; He gave us His only begotten Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. So when you give out in charity this season, do it in sincere imitation of what God the Father gave the world 2000 years ago when Christ was born.

The joy and the happiness of Christmas are properly gifts from God the Father and are gifts meant for sharing. The truth that many of us have not discovered is that God’s gift to us at Christmas 2000 years ago is indeed a gift meant not to be kept away, hoarded and unwrapped.

A reflection on Christmas in a church bulletin puts it beautifully thus: “There is a gift for each of us left under the tree of life 2000 years ago by Him whose birthday we celebrate today.The gift was withheld from no man. Some have left the packages unclaimed. Some have accepted the gift and carry it around, but have failed to remove the wrappings and look inside to discover the hidden splendour. The packages are all alike: in each is a scroll on which is written, ‘All that the Father hath is thine.’ Take and live!”

The true spirit of Christmas is manifested and celebrated in giving and in sharing. At the end of every Christmas celebrations, we should all be able to say loud and clear with Carolyn Wells,” I love the Christmas- tide, and yet I notice this, each year I live; I always like the gifts I get, but how I love the gifts I give”.

Kick the devil out of town
Kick the devil out of town

5. Kick the devil out of town:

Christmas is essentially a celebration of God’s fatherly and benevolent desire to show us the unfathomable depth of His love for us. Christmas, therefore, ought to remind us of the need to put up a stronger resistance and battle the devil out of town on Christmas day.

We must not allow the devil to rob us of the holiness of Christmas. Christmas is a holy season which demands equal holiness from us all.

An anonymous writer strongly submits that:

1. Christmas is a time for ‘giving up’ sin, bad habits, and selfish pleasures.

2. Christmas is a time for ‘giving in’ surrender to Christ, acceptance of Him as King.

3. Christmas is a time for ‘giving out’ real giving, not swapping.

We must learn to celebrate Christmas in total freedom from sin and its attendant pleasures. “For freedom, Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:18). Appreciating the wonderful gifts wrapped up in God’s love for us and delivered free to us at Christmas calls us to strive with renewed vigour to never again put ourselves under the yoke of Satan, sin and death.

The desires of the flesh and our active participation in them will only keep the devil in town on Christmas day and will lead us back with him into the slavery of sin and death thereafter. Hence St. Paul strongly admonished that,” the night is far gone, and the day is at hand.

Let us put on the armour of light and cast off the works of darkness; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desire” (Romans 13:12-14).

The spiritual import and significance of the glorious incarnation of Christ that we joyfully and merrily celebrate Christmas ought to energize us to fully and decisively put up a solid resistance to and a total rejection of all satanic suggestions and battle the devil into banishment out of town on Christmas day.

Christmas is a hollow day, keep it hollow; keep it pure and keep it simple in the spirit of the manger at Bethlehem. Make Christ and not the devil your guest of honour on Christmas day. Kick the devil out of town on Christmas day!.

Christmas is essentially a celebration of God’s fatherly and benevolent desire to show us the unfathomable depth of His love for us. Christmas, therefore, ought to remind us of the need to put up a stronger resistance and battle the devil out of town on Christmas day. We must not allow the devil to rob us of the holiness of Christmas. Christmas is a holy season which demands equal holiness from us all.

An anonymous writer strongly submits that:

Christmas is a time for ‘giving up’ sin, bad habits, and selfish pleasures.Christmas is a time for ‘giving in’ surrender to Christ, acceptance of Him as King.Christmas is a time for ‘giving out’ real giving, not swapping.We must learn to celebrate Christmas in total freedom from sin and its attendant pleasures. “For freedom, Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:18).

Appreciating the wonderful gifts wrapped up in God’s love for us and delivered free to us at Christmas calls us to strive with renewed vigour to never again put ourselves under the yoke of Satan, sin and death.

The desires of the flesh and our active participation in them will only keep the devil in town on Christmas day and will lead us back with him into the slavery of sin and death thereafter. Hence St. Paul strongly admonished that,” the night is far gone, and the day is at hand.

Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desire” (Romans 13:12-14).

The spiritual import and significance of the glorious incarnation of Christ that we joyfully and merrily celebrate Christmas ought to energize us to fully and decisively put up a solid resistance to and a total rejection of all satanic suggestions and battle the devil into banishment out of town on Christmas day.

Christmas is a hollow day, keep it hollow; keep it pure and keep it simple in the spirit of the manger at Bethlehem. Make Christ and not the devil your guest of honour on Christmas day. Kick the devil out of town on Christmas day!.

© 2017 ODEWOYE FRANCIS SUNDAY

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