#3 in the series "Christmas: Hopes And Fears"
The very reason Jesus came - the very reason we're here tonight giving our time and attention studying and celebrating the "appearing of the Son of God" that first Christmas - is to give full weight to the reason Jesus came. And, says John, the reason God the Son came was to "destroy the works of the devil" (8) and to "take away sins" (5). And this grand purpose in coming is made void and of no account if those who claim to cherish His coming continue making a "practice of sin" (7, 9).
Do you rejoice in Christ's advent on one level and belittle it on another? "Don't be deceived," says John. The Son of God appeared to effect more than just your history. The Son of God appeared to "take away" sin - to "destroy" the works of the devil. Christmas takes the guilt away from your past sins. And Christmas takes the practice of sin away from your present life. Those who understand Christmas know the direction of life has been permanently aimed at the glory of God and the treasuring of His kingdom.