Every year I find myself in the hustle & bustle of Christmas with the shopping, the beautiful light displays, the parties, and the traffic that I often find myself needing to remind myself of the true meaning God intended for this season. So what did God intend? To celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ? No.
Already I feel the heat of glares from legalistic religious folks, but hear me out. Christmas is sooo much more! Yes, we celebrate His birth, but not like we celebrate birthdays of one another today. We celebrate because Christmas is a total and complete display of God’s very being. The grace; the humility; the love that it requires to watch your own Son be bruised and bludgeoned sacrificially. He chose to show Himself through this miraculous event. He is what we celebrate.
First we see His humility. To be omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, yet hand it over to become vulnerable as a baby. He couldn’t care for Himself. He needed a mother and father for nurturing. Not only a helpless baby, but a baby from a family now with a reputation of immorality because people didn’t Mary was a virgin. They concluded she was unfaithful. He wasn’t rich either. Jesus Christ our Lord had to work for a living as a carpenter or a builder. He saw none of this as below Him but rather loved to serve rather than be served.
Next we see His amazing grace. What could be more a gracious gift to the world than His own Son? We don’t deserve Him. We can’t deserve Him. Yet His grace provided eternal life to us. What more needs to be said?
Most of all, we see His love for His creation. He is not willing that any should parish so He lit up the most loving way to life imaginable. By sending His Son to Earth He was saying to you and to me “Come to Me and we can live for eternity in heaven together. I love you more than you can fathom and i want the very best for you, so I have you my very best. My Son.”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that anyone who believes in Him well not parish, but have everlasting life.”
“In this is Love. Not that we loved Him, but He first loved us and sent His son as propitiation for our sin.”
– 1 John 4:10