Christmas & Jesus
Jesus is the reason for the season. This is pure and simple.
Christmas time is exciting! For many it is one of the favorite times of the year for many different reasons. People seem to identify Christmas with hope, joy and generosity. This time of year causes people to decorate, gather and celebrate. Though for many it ends there.
This season is linked to hope for one reason and one reason alone. The reason for the hope people gain from Christmas time is due to the celebration of baby Jesus. Though Jesus came as a baby, He is much more.
Jesus Christ is God, the Alpha and Omega, the One who came as a human being, laid aside his deity in order to give His life on the cross as the ultimate sacrifice thereby providing a means of grace for anyone who would place their trust in Him. Jesus is fully God (Col. 2:9). He was harassed and persecuted because he said and did things only God could do. Jesus offered the forgiveness of sin (Lk. 5:20), healed people (Jn. 5:1-14), raised people from the dead (Jn. 11:1-44), granted eternal life (Jn. 10:28; 17:2), and rose from the dead himself (Jn. 20:21). He was fully human. He was born (Lk. 2:7), he got thirsty (Jn. 19:28) and hungry (Matt. 4:2).
He was without sin, claimed to be without sin (Jn. 8:29). It is because of his humanity he is able to save us as the perfect sacrifice. He reveals the true nature of humanity by showing us what it means to live as a human transformed to the image of God. He took on the role of servant adding to himself the human nature (Phil. 2:6-7). He simultaneously operated in both natures (Col. 2:9). God supernaturally intervened into the human problem through the person and work of Chris in order to provide a method of transformation and reconciliation. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of his virgin mother. The virgin birth reminds us that God chooses who will do his work despite what we may think of them (Lk. 1:38).
Much of the season is overwhelmed by a great deal of materialism. This is unfortunate. It is unfortunate simply because Jesus came to free people from things like materialism. However the aspect of generosity linked to the celebration of the newborn King is undeniably appropriate. When we celebrate something as wonderful as the Savior we love to give gifts which in turn causes the spread of joy.
Give gifts! Be Merry! Celebrate and don’t let Jesus be overshadowed by materialism.
For the reality of Christmas is found in what angel said to the shepherds 2000 years ago “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Lk. 2:10-12)
What are your thoughts? Leave a comment.