Dark Side of Christmas, The


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Written to give comfort to the lonely during Christmas. Comes in a pack of 10.


“Not everyone likes Christmas. The day is often a reminder of painful childhood experiences. Some parents try to prove their love with presents, and then are strapped with bills they resent. Lonely people sit by themselves with not a friend in the world. Charitable organizations work extra hard to alleviate suffering because it is felt more acutely at Christmas time.
When the Lord Jesus came into the world, there was more going on than angels singing and wisemen giving presents. There were also embarrassing poverty, a crude manger crib, the threat of death from a cruel king, a hurried escape into Egypt, and weeping mothers whose innocent babies had been slaughtered. Think of Simeon’s prophetic words to Mary: “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also)…” (Luke 2:34, 35).
That doesn’t mean Christmas is supposed to be a sad time. It is a time of joy as well as sorrow, just like real life. Jesus entered into a human life in all of its stark reality.
In fact, the Lord Jesus came to deal with the terrible things sin caused. He came to bruise the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15) and to save the sinner (I Timothy 1:15).
Sometimes we hear the question, “Why do I have to go through this suffering, and if God is supposed to be a loving God, why does He let this happen?” But the evil in the world is the result of man’s disobedience and rebellion against God. Man disobeyed God, Who is righteous and good, and inherited evil and sorrow and death.
Christ came into the world to save sinners and rescue them from the awful penalty of sin. In order to do this, He became a real man, “made of a woman, made under the law…” (Galatians 4:4). He was “in all points tempted (tested) like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). He identified Himself with us. God, therefore, understands or suffering. He doesn’t impose it on us; He feels it with us.
Furthermore, Christ, by the grace of God, tasted death for every man (Hebrews 2:9). Because he endured the wrath of God for our sins when He died on the cross (Isaiah 53:4-11; Galatians 3:13), we will never come into judgment (John 5:24).
Though we may still experience sorrow and loneliness at Christmas time, we don’t need to despair. We can find refuge and hope in the Lord Jesus as we put our faith in Him. He blesses us with His joy and peace (Romans 15:13). He gives us the assurance of everlasting life (John 10:27, 28). Indeed, we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and receive God’s wonderful gift of salvation – free and forever (Ephesians 2:8, 9).”