I recently read an advent devotional that said, “Christmas is an indictment before it becomes a delight.” Isn’t this true of following Christ? Does it not take a complete understanding of the gravity of our sin before we can bathe in the magnificence of the Cross?
I have been reminded of this indictment as I shared what we call the “sin talk” to both our high school and middle school clubs. Over a 100 students learned they have a disease that is killing them called sin. My goal was to communicate this truth clearly. My prayer was that they would grasp it. Not just their own sin, but the sin of this world. The sin disease that all possess. The sin disease that we can do nothing to fix. The sin disease that ends in death; a death of separation from God who loves them the most. The sin talk is a hard talk to deliver, but the severity and implications are too great to keep quiet. The kids deserve to hear the truth. They must hear the truth. But don’t miss this…we too need to hear this truth. “Christmas is an indictment,” otherwise God would not have needed to enter history. But because God did enter history via Jesus the indictment becomes delight.
The “cross talk” follows the “sin talk.” I had the privilege of sharing the “cross talk” to 158 high and middle students. It’s the greatest story ever told…the story of God redeeming mankind, resolving the sin problem on a cross thousands of years ago. It’s intimate. It’s powerful. It’s life-altering. These dear students heard the delight of why Jesus came that first Christmas—to die in our place, to reconcile us to God, to take away the sin of the world. They heard truth that can change them forever. Jesus came to give them life! As I prepared the talk, I too heard its truth. I too was reminded. I too…
We need to be reminded daily that because of our sin there was a cross, but before there was a cross there was a Christmas. The indictment of Christmas is a great reminder that we need a Savior. May you and I delight in Jesus Christ, our Savior, this Christmas.