The coming of Christ was like the dawning of the day. The Apostle John framed his coming this way, “The darkness is past, and the true light now shineth (1Jo 2:8).” This was nothing less than what the Prophet Isaiah had foretold in his wonderful words, “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined (Isa. 9:2). Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. (Isa 60:1).”
Christmas is the celebration of God opening the curtains, and exposing to mankind how dark indeed was the darkness in which we were living. He sent His Son, to be the light, in order to show us how to be truly human. Since His advent, we now live in the day, not in the dark.
Your sin cannot hide from God, so don’t pretend it can. Your lies & evasions won’t cloud the Son of Righteousness that has arisen. The Church’s task is to teach the world to live in the Light of Christ’s glory. This is why we make a habit of confession of sins.
Christmas calls you to humble yourself, and confess your sins one to another. It summons you to curb your lusts by the power of the Spirit. You can no longer slink around in the dark alleys of spite, sloth, or slander. Christ’s coming means that every hidden drawer, closet, and cave are bathed in His Kingdom’s Light.
All the current convulsions of our culture are from its insane attempt to try to go back into the pre-Bethlehem darkness. But the powers and principalities are overthrown. Christ is King of this planet. We live in the Light, as He is in the Light, because He is the Light of the World.
Always remember, it is a mercy whenever your sin comes to light. You ought not think that keeping your sins hidden is for the best, or that it is even possible. We most certainly live in a time when rebellious men are attempting to bring the world back into shadow. But, whenever we avoid hard conversations, refusing to bring our sin into the Light, we have joined that foolish project of trying to live as if Christmas never happened. So as the Psalmist said, “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles (Ps. 43:3).”
Refusing to confess your sin is like trying to live in the White Witch’s Christmas-less winter. But when you confess your sin to God, and to those you’ve sinned against, Christmas has indeed come.