There is so much confusion around the world, mostly in the West, as to the meaning of Christmas. People have forgotten about why we celebrate Christmas. Sadly, if you ask a child what Christmas is about they will say something about getting presents and Father Christmas. Adults will say it’s about spending time with family (which of course is a good thing) and having a holiday.
So why do we celebrate Christmas?
The Apostle Paul said in his letter to the Galatians:
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5
So here is the big deal about Christmas – Christmas reminds us that because of the sinfulness of man as stated in Romans 3:10-18, we have all fallen short of God’s glory and we therefore deserve eternal punishment, but thanks be to God that Jesus came down to earth at the fullness of time. He was born of a virgin, therefore, He was fully man (and fully God) and He lived a life in perfect obedience to God – something which not one of us has ever done or ever could do. He then died the death that we deserve, paying for our sin in full. His perfect life was then credited to us undeserving sinners. O what Amazing Grace! God now looks at Jesus’ righteousness and not our sinfulness.
Another wonderful truth to remember about Jesus’ birth and Him being fully man (and fully God) is that He also experienced our struggles; He suffered temptation, sorrow, abandonment, affliction, pain and death. Because of this, we also now know we have a perfect High Priest who is able to empathize with us in every way:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have ahigh priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
This is what Christmas is all about, this is why Christmas is a big deal. So may you enjoy all the good things God has given you (like family) but don’t place greater importance on those things than in rejoicing and worshipping God for sending Jesus to earth to be born fully man so that He can rescue sinners and adopt them so that they can be called son’s of God.
May you have a truly blessed Christmas.
Grace and peace,
John, Tanya, Michalea and Tristan.