The Daily Article | December 26, 2023

Jim Denison, PHD

Santa Claus delivered 7,883,693,263 gifts around the world yesterday, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which has been tracking his movements each year since 1955.  But Christmas isn’t over in Rovaniemi, Finland, where the holiday is celebrated 365 days a year and you can visit Mrs. Claus any time you wish.  Towns in Iceland, Alaska, Norway, Sweden, Michigan, and Canada similarly participate in Christmas all year long.

Things were far different in the home of the first Christmas, where streets in Bethlehem were deserted and stores were shuttered after churches canceled celebrations due to the war between Hamas and Israel.  Presiding at Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Pope Francis said, “[t]onight, our hearts are in Bethlehem, where the Prince of Peace is once more rejected by the futile logic of war, by the clash of arms that even today prevents [H]im from finding room in the world.”

The most notable Christmas decoration in Bethlehem was a large Nativity scene in ruins, with shepherds climbing piles of rubble and Jesus, Mary, and Joseph huddled in the midst of destruction.

While I understand the pope’s sentiment, I think the Nativity scene in Bethlehem is more correct.  Nothing humans do can prevent Jesus from “finding room in the world.”  To the contrary, He is just as present on this day after Christmas as He was on that first Christmas two millennia ago.  And, even more so, in fact, in ways that are deeply hopeful and urgent for our world and our souls.

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This article was authored by Dr. Jim Denison, © Denison Ministries,

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Jim Denison, PhD, is a cultural theologian and the founder and CEO of Denison Ministries.

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Jim speaks biblically into significant cultural issues at Denison Forum.  He is the chief author of The Daily Article and has written more than 30 books, including The Coming Tsunami, the Biblical Insight to Tough Questions series, and The Fifth Great Awakening.

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