Picture the scene, Jesus full of a rage that no one was expecting, for they had never seen this side of Him. They knew Him to be compassionate, patient and loving. A healer. Who was this they were witnessing? He was going about the blessed temple in such anger. He attacked all those who depended upon this as their income to live, He carelessly tossed their precious goods aside. He cared not of what this would do to them, to their livelihood. His anger and jealousy was expressed clearly as to who it was He cared about. He was revealing to this ignorant people what it was they were doing; making His Father’s House – a den of thieves. Matt 21:11-13
The sanctuary was filled with lightheartedness, the smells of spices mingled in the air for the spiced cider awaited the congregants after the service. The lights were especially beautiful twinkling with such joy. The songs of celebration were sung with special enthusiasm for it was the eve of Christmas and all were exceptionally jovial. They came on this day to give honor to Jesus in His birth and it is something they have always done and took great pride in. Keep Christ in Christmas they say! One day in a year that they may freely proclaim Him and they will continue to give honor to their Lord in this way as long as they live!
They just concluded the service and were about to be dismissed when this man enters the room. He looks around and takes in all the sights, He takes a deep breath and begins at one end of the room with arms of destruction, acting like a maniac! He pulls down the lights, the tree, He tears down all the wall decorations the candles – everyone is in horror. They wonder why someone doesn’t grab him and haul him out of this most sacred place, how dare he they think. He must be demonized and just can’t handle the holy atmosphere they conclude. He takes His place to the stage, the pastor cowers and shrinks to the back for all sense His authority.
“My Father will not have you make the birth of His Son a place of idol worship! You have taken what is holy and turned it into market place mockery! You call this worship, but I say – it is not I you worship. For have I not said, you shall not have any other God nor any graven images? Ex 20: 3-5 You have taken what is holy and made it profane, and join with the world in its vulgar rituals. Do you not remember when David had the Ark carried on the cart of an ox? I am exact in what I command as worship to Me. Yet, you have created your own form of worship and honor to Me, you have brought down what is holy, like that day – for they did it according to how they saw fit 2 Sam 6: 1-7 . You say, ‘oh, but we can glorify your name in it! We can share Jesus Christ to all in this thing called Christmas.’ I ask, can one offer sacrifice to Baal and at the same time witness to the world Christ?” See Also Why I Quit Christmas
Note: Sometimes I will get pictures that come to me that I believe are from God to help me see how He sees and feels regarding various things, this is one of them. Below are some more that I have attempted to describe what I see.