The Christmas Story You May Have Never Heard

This is the time of the year we hear about the “Christmas Story.”

We’ve all heard about the shepherds keeping watch over their sheep at night, the Christmas star, the wise men, the baby Jesus- That’s the Christmas story most have heard.

You never hear the Devil mentioned, do you?

Well, I’m going to bring him up, because the Word of God brings him up, and he’s one of the main reasons Jesus came into this world in the first place!

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” -1 John 3:8

Did you catch that? Jesus was sent to this world to destroy the works of the Devil.

Now maybe that doesn’t sound like the sort of thing that Christmas dreams are made of. It’s not exactly “tiny tots sitting under a Christmas tree with their eyes all aglow” and the usual festive atmosphere we think of as Christmas, but the truth is, it’s actually something really awesome to think about and celebrate.

If you’ve ever had your life shattered by sin that you’ve done or someone’s done to you, then you should be thrilled to here that Jesus came into this world to destroy the works of the Devil.

God is really, really clear about this-

“The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” -John 10:10

Look around you, then look at your own life. The wreckage, damage and destruction of sin and the Devil is everywhere. He comes to steal, kill and destroy and he’s pretty good at it. We walk right into the snare he has laid for us and sooner or later come to realize sin costs far more than we ever thought it would.

“For the wages of sin is death.” -Romans 6:23

Yes, eventually physical death. If it hadn’t been for sin the human race would never have had to experience that, but not just physical death- Spiritual death, emotional death, death by a thousand cuts- destroying ourselves and others because we believed the lie, the lie that we could ignore God and follow the suggestions the Devil whispered in our ear and not suffer loss because of it.

Not suffer loss? Are you kidding me?

We lose our very self when we sin, by degree, like erosion on a cliff being beaten by ocean waves, we become less than we were before. Satan loves to make us “less than”.

The thief comes only to “steal, kill and destroy”, to make us “less than”. He will do anything to make that happen, the Devil will give you the world if he can destroy your soul and make the person you are less than you were before. He doesn’t mind giving you the world’s trappings as long as he can trap you!

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? -Mark 8:36

We think of that as coming to the end of our life and failing to enter heaven and ending up for eternity in hell, don’t we?

That’s how this verse is most often read.

But the truth is, it is about so much more that! We lose our soul little by little every time we violate who and what we were created by God to be. We become “less than” what He intended for us. Satan takes us apart piece by piece, lie by lie, until one day we look into the mirror and don’t recognize the person we see.

You can lose your soul long before you lose your life!

Jesus isn’t taken in by the deception like we are. He doesn’t fall for the tricks and lies of the Devil.

Jesus doesn’t think dirt is a diamond like we so often do!

When Jesus looks at what’s happening to us it angers him! Jesus hates to see us become “less than” so He did something about it. He came into the world to destroy the works of the Devil- to keep us from falling for the lie in the first place, and if we’ve fallen, to forgive and heal and restore what was stolen from us by Satan.

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” -John 10:10

The Devil’s working to make you “less than” and Jesus says, “No! I’ve come to give you life, not take it away! And guess what? I’ve come to give you “more than”!

Rather, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him!”-1 Corinthians 2:9

The story of Jesus coming into this world is not a sweet soft Christmas carol sort of event- it’s actually about God coming to do battle with the enemy of our souls, destroying the works the Devil has done and is planning to do, and God giving us the “more than” of His life! God appeared in the flesh to bring forgiveness and deliverance to those who have been caught in the Devil’s snare and imprisoned by Satan.

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” -Colossians 1:14

It’s not the Christmas story we usually hear, but it is the Christmas story the world needs to hear.

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing!”