And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. (1 John 5:4 NRSV)

Christmas reminds us that we can claim the victory today. Theologians speak of realized eschatology, which means last things. That means we can live now in the light of Christ's victory.

When I was a child, I remember carefully looking, feeling, and shaking the presents under the Christmas tree. There were many times I could figure out which presents were mine, because I turned in my "wish list" early, and I at least got a few things that were on my list. I was already enjoying the pleasure of the future event, namely the opening of my gifts. Only Christmas would reveal it in its fullness.

That is realized eschatology, enjoying the wonder and the majesty of the victory, even though it is not been fully accomplished. Enjoy your victory today in Jesus Christ!

Loving God, thanks for the victory! In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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