Christmas Day is near! We are looking forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior and enjoying time with friends and family.
What joy accompanies this time of year! Christmas is the fulfillment of days, weeks and months of anticipation and preparation, but it represents the fulfillment of a much greater promise than those granted to holiday wish lists. It’s the hopeful celebration of the magnitude, the wonder, the miraculousness and grace of the gift that we’ve been given through Jesus Christ.
Upon reflection, the story behind Christmas is indeed mysterious: A baby, birthed in a manger, laid to rest in a feeding trough, would grow to become a wise and radical teacher, a merciful healer, a compassionate leader, a servant-King and the eternal Savior. 2,000 years later, amidst the decorated distractions and holiday hoopla, there are still millions around the world awestruck by this miracle baby, this Jesus, and the eternal salvation that He brought to the earth.
Even greater than Jesus’ birth itself is the impact His advent has on our lives. The fact that a King would leave His heavenly throne to don the lowly role of a poor carpenter from Nazareth, all in order to save a rebellious people, is reason enough to rejoice. What great love would compel a King to do such a thing? What mercy must a Ruler have for a wayward world to sacrifice everything- even life itself - to save them? And to suffer the humility and shame of crucifixion on a cross? What deep care and compassion this Creator must have for His creation!
The magnificent meaning of Jesus’ birth should not only evoke feelings of gratitude and hope, but should leave us undone with wonder at the depth of His great love for us! Because of this amazing reality, Jesus is not just the reason for the season, but the reason for existence itself. Colossians 1:13-17 says,
“For [God] rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
And again, in Romans 11:36:
“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.”
Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection gives us reason to celebrate Christmas day and every day! He’s our purpose for living and our source of peace, truth, life and love. He invades the darkness and reconciles us to God, even in the midst of our sin and shame. What great joy we have this season knowing that our eternal salvation is secure in Him!