Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Christmas is in the air. Radio and TV stations are playing Christmas music and movies. Houses are covered in colored lights and decorations. Stores are filled with gift items. People feel good. But our culture has lost much of the true meaning of Christmas. In a few days, we will celebrate the birth of a child born over 2000 years ago. It was the single most important event in world history. When Christ was born, the nations reset their calendars. We measure our years by His birth for on that day the Creator of the universe became flesh and was born a human baby.
Why is that so important, you ask? John’s gospel tells us something about the significance of Jesus Christ. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-4, 14 ESV
We celebrate because Jesus was no ordinary baby. He is God Himself, God united with human flesh. God became a man. He came not as a warrior with a sword, nor as a harsh judge, not even as a glorious king. He came as a helpless baby. He came because he loves us. He came to save us. He is full of ‘grace and truth’.
Many fear the wrath of God. Consider the words of the angel to Mary and later to the Shepherds, “Do not be afraid.” The coming of Christ was not about bringing vengeance upon us for our sins, but about making peace. Christ came that you and I might have peace with God. Thus the message of the angels was true, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:14 ESV
Christ came that you and I might have peace with God. Will you take time today to celebrate Jesus Christ, the true reason for the season? The coming of Christ is far more precious than any present under the Christmas tree, and it would be a shame to miss Him this Christmas season.
May God bless you with a deeper knowledge of His love for you the Christmas season!