The Darkside of Christmas – N.T. Wright

Derek Ouellette —  December 24, 2010

Christmas – the most wonderful, magical time of the year. Wouldn’t you agree that there is something “special” about this beautiful season. When I think about it, I get teared up. When I think about Him, and why he came, I get all teared up. Probably more then Easter, Christmas holds a certain amount of wonder for me. I think the two are connected, Christmas and Easter. I read this by N.T. Wright and found it an appropriate reminder of what Christmas is all about: Christmas…

… a season of nostalgia, of carols and candles and firelight and happy children. But that misses the point completely. Christmas is not a reminder that the world is really quite a nice old place. It reminds us that the world is a shockingly bad old place, where wickedness flourishes unchecked, where children are murdered, where civilized countries make a lot of money by selling weapons to uncivilized ones so they can blow each other apart. Christmas is God lighting a candle; and you don’t light a candle in a room that’s already full of sunlight. You light a candle in a room that’s so murky that the candle, when lit, reveals just how bad things really are. The light shines in the darkness, says St John, and the darkness has not overcome it.  –  N.T. Wright, For All God’s Worth, p.3

This Christmas let the reason, the light, shine. For that to happen we need to remember that the world is full of darkness. Christmas is a joyful event because a world in exile, a dying world, was in need of a savior. And he came.

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