When peace officers don the uniform, we become the authority figure sworn to uphold the law. Yet when the blue suit is hung in the locker, and we change into civvies, we know we remain a cop.
The uniform is a visual symbol of the authority we received when completing our state certified training and we swore an oath to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States.
As a law enforcement professional that is also a husband, father, and now grandfather, I shift into different roles. It’s easily understood since it’s readily apparent in culture.
Many people have difficulty figuring out how God in the Bible can be triune—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Since the holiday season is upon us, let’s take a look from that perspective.
The storyline behind many Christmas movies is the “magic” that must be discovered during the season. There must be “faith” in Santa or something “super-natural” that will bring good cheer and joy to your heart.
Yet I believe the unexplained enchantment is not found in mysterious illusions, but the magnificence of God incarnate—personified in the person of Jesus. He asserted to be God the Son, and that is majestic magnificence, not magic. And there is more historical documentation for the birth of Jesus than other writings of antiquity.
Jesus brought a message that is better than anything wrapped beneath the Christmas tree. He said,
- “I am the bread of life” (John 6: 35, 48)
- “I am the light of the world” (John 8: 12, 9:5)
- “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8: 58)
- “I am the door” (John 10:9)
- “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11)
- “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25)
- “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6)
- “I am the true vine” (John 15:1)
There were more than 300 Old-Testament prophecies that pointed to his arrival. If I made three highly improbable, yet accurate predictions for the months ahead, you might think I’m wise. Yet the number of prophetic utterances made hundreds of years before his arrival showed the certainty of God’s master plan.
Seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus, Isaiah said, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
Notice Isaiah predicted the “son is given,” not conceived. Jesus was indeed God’s gift to humanity.
The best way to celebrate the birth of Christ is to embrace his message, and as the author of Hebrews advised, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).
Did you catch that? “[W]ithout holiness, no one will see the Lord!”
The arrival of Jesus was magnificently supernatural—and holy. Embracing holiness is obedience. The only things to mimic magic during the season are the acts of the Holy Spirit at work in each life that has responded in faith to the Son!