Friday, December 2, 2016

The Heart of Christmas: The Pollution-Purifier

I was passing through Isaiah 24, on my way to something I wanted to write about a few chapters over, when a verse slammed in to me. 

"The earth is polluted by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant." Isaiah 24:5 nasb

I'm mesmerized by those words.

The earth is polluted by us, the people...

The main problem of pollution is not plastic bags or chemicals in rivers. The problem is US. 

When God made the world, it was perfect. He pronounced it GOOD and set up the entire system to work as He designed it. There were a few simple rules to keep things running properly.

But man...

We wouldn't do what God said from the time of the garden, and we still won't. 

We are the problem. 

We've contaminated the earth by our rebellion. (All the other pollution we've thrust on the earth is a consequence of our refusal to do things God's way.)

But God... 

God had a solution from the very beginning.

In the garden, after the dreadful fruit-eating episode that began our pollution, God revealed the plan. 

"... He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel." (Gen. 3:15) 

God spoke to the serpent with the hard news that He would redeem all that the evil one had started with the woman. He would send a fatal wound that would end the grip of evil in the lives of mankind.

The Divine Head-Bruiser was Jesus. 

At Christmas, we celebrate the day we began to see the plan unfold.

When Jesus arrived as a tiny, cooing God-baby, He seemed unlikely to bruise the head of anyone, let alone defeat the main sin-polluter of the world, but He was exactly what was needed. 

Consider that for a moment. 

Jesus is not just the divine Head-Bruiser. He's the divine Pollution-Purifier, too. He paid the price for our sin, once and for all, and made it possible for us to be purified. 

It was the reason He came.

"The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23 nasb

As we enjoy the Christmas season, let's celebrate the Babe in the Manger for all He is... gift of God, head-bruiser of the evil one, pollution-purifier of sinful mankind. 

Redeemer. Savior. Master. Lord of all. 
ps - the photo above is of Holly Springs after the Christmas tornado.

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In case you missed it, here's the link to yesterday's post: The Heart of Christmas: The Pride of Beauty
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