Christmas Forever!

Reaping the Harvest (by Nathan Greene, Greg Olsen)Most westerners think of the Christmas season as the period between late November and December 25th. But technically that was Advent. The season of Christmas begins on December 25th. Does it matter? Yes.

The reason is in the words themselves:

Advent means “arrival.” Throughout Advent we anticipate Christ’s coming. And finally, on Christmas day, we celebrate his arrival, his presence with us. We eat. We laugh. We eat some more. But soon it will be time to go. Why? Because…

Christmas means “Christ’s sending.” Jesus was sent to redeem a lost and broken world, but according to Him, Christmas also means our sending (John 20:21). Just as the Father sent Him, He sends us. True, the Christmas season ends and the decorations must be put away. But the real Christmas–Christ’s sending–never ends. My old church in L.A. had a sign over the exit that read, “You are now entering the mission field.”

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis shows us a broken world where it is “always winter, and never Christmas.” We’re called to reverse that status, fellow disciples, to make this a world where it is…

Christmas forever!

About mitchteemley

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32 Responses to Christmas Forever!

  1. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

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  2. jonicaggiano says:

    So true and beautifully written. Thank you for this. Love Joni – Hard not to just love CS Lewis.

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  3. Bill Sweeney says:

    “You are now entering the mission field.” I love that!
    Great post, Mitch.

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  4. Piano girl says:

    Beautifully stated. And now I want to read “Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe” again. 😊

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  5. Amen, awesome! I love that sign at your old church too. So true! God bless!

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  6. numrhood says:

    john 45:46-47 look onto thee & you will be saved
    missing john 20:22 a merry heart does good like a medicine
    how old was your father at death
    how old was he gonna turn the same year of death

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  7. Amen – my church has a similar sign: “Depart to serve”

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  8. Ada says:

    Yes, I believe Christmas really serves as a reminder for our core purpose which is to serve God and spread His love all around. Beautiful post; so apt!

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  9. Tony Fine says:

    My eight year old niece stated how she wished it was Christmas everyday. If I had read this before hearing that, I would have given her a better response. Thank you for the reminder.

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  10. Jeena George says:

    Happy Christmas and Happy New year 🎉

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  11. nitinsingh says:

    C. SLewis shows us a broken world where it is “always winter, and never Christmas.” We’re called to reverse that status, fellow disciples, to make this a world where it is…
    Christmas forever!

    I like it most

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  12. Heidi Viars says:

    Reminds me of “Go live sent!”
    Thanks, Mitch, for doing exactly that 🙂

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  13. numrhood says:

    you didn’t mention john 20:22
    & john 45:46-47

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  14. Mary Jane says:

    Never thought of it that way, thanks!

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  15. numrhood says:

    john 20:22 a merry heart does like medicine
    a broken spirit dries up the bones
    how old was your father at death
    the lord is my refuge & strength

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