Christmas can’t change human nature. If you don’t believe me, turn on the news for a few minutes. People are still committing murder, shooting each other, and engaging in shameful, selfish practices in this season of “peace on Earth and good will toward men.” If anything, Christmas brings out the selfishness and pride in our character. At what other time of year could you find people trampled to death by impatient shoppers wanting to take advantage of store discounts?

Things will only digress from bad to worse when the Holy Spirit is removed from the world at the Rapture. No longer will sin be restrained. Men will fulfill the evil imaginations of their hearts without conscience. Strife and bloodshed will be rampant as God pours out His judgment upon the earth.

In the midst of all the confusion and calamity, a man will rise to the forefront promising peace and safety. He is the Antichrist, and he will be in power for the length of the Tribulation Period. Yet his efforts will only prove that there will be no peace until the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, returns. In His first Advent, Jesus provided the means for mankind to enjoy peace with God. In His Second Advent, Jesus will bring peace to the world.

Maybe you’ve been disappointed because the good tidings of great joy and Christmas cheer you once cherished are disappearing. Perhaps people in your own family don’t seem to view this special time of year as sacred anymore. Disappointment and unmet expectations don’t have to be the grinches which steal your Christmas. Rejoice because your risen Savior will one day restore all things anew.

God and eternal things are my only pleasure. — Henry Martyn

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.