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Steve Lunetta: Now we can celebrate Christmas

Posted: December 24, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 24, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

If you are reading this, the end of the world did not happen last Friday. All the predictions about the end of the world were false and erroneous. All of this happened because of a stone shortage.

Think about it. The guy who was carving the Mayan calendar got to the end of the last row and ran out of stone. What did he care? That was 5,000 years in the future and he wouldn’t be around to take the heat.

So, look around folks. We are going to need to move forward without the Mayan calendar. I’m pretty happy about that since now I don’t have to lug around a 57-pound rock all the time anymore. Although I probably could’ve gotten the Mayan calendar app for the iPhone.

I’m also relieved since all of the preparations for Christmas will now be used. Christmas. Merry Christmas. A very Merry Christmas. I like those words.

Christmas is the day we mark the advent of the most important person of all time, Jesus Christ. Even if you are not a Christian, you are forced to admit that Jesus probably had the most profound impact on history than any other historical figure.

Some may argue Marx, Jung, Hitler, Stalin, Lincoln, Washington, Decartes, Mohammed, Martel, Khan, Alexander, Caesar or Napoleon had a greater impact. But, honestly, JC was the game-changer.

What was this paradigm-shift that Jesus represented? Jesus became the bridge to God that we might all have eternal life through Him. Here is how it works.

There is a God and we ain’t Him. God is perfect and holy. We ain’t. In other words, we are sinful and unworthy to be in His presence. That makes space between us and Him. Think of it as a chasm we cannot cross.

By dying on the cross, Jesus created a “bridge” that “whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16. That crazy guy in the end-zone at any football game waving the “3:16” sign is trying to tell us all this.

The beauty of our gospel is that we don’t need a pope, pastor, guru or any other form of spiritual leader or device. We just need to believe and ask Jesus into our hearts.

Belief that a child was born to a virgin in the city of Bethlehem. Belief that this child grew to be a perfect, sinless man and that He was killed on a cross as the sacrifice for all of our sins. Belief that you can have eternal life.

People tend to fill their heads with a lot of stuff that really does not matter during this season. Gift-giving replaces the act of worship. Preparing food and snacks replaces preparing our hearts to remember. And greed and selfishness distract us from the ultimate act of unselfishness.

People also want to argue about Christian beliefs and get all tied up in theological “what-ifs” and improbable scenarios that are little more than intellectual exercises that feed the ego.

I have found that Jesus is far more than a historical figure. He is a living, vibrant person who plays an active role in my daily life. I am a better person because of Him.

It’s very good that you are reading this column now for it is the validation of the Bible that says the end times are unknown — “of that time, no man knoweth” Matt 24:36.

Christians had no reason to fear the end of the Mayan calendar. No piece of rock can foretell the end of the world. Only God knows. And He ain’t talking about it.

I’m certainly glad you are reading this. And, if you haven’t heard it enough- Merry Christmas!

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita. If you want to know more about his Christian faith, email him at slunetta63@yahoo.com.

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