Christmas means different things to different people. To most children, Christmas means gifts; to many mothers Christmas means preparing huge feasts; to grandparents Christmas means having the family together again, and to many Christmas means financial burden. But, to the Christian Christmas means primarily a time of remembering and celebrating Christ’s incarnation and birth, and why Christ came. The Bible informs us that Jesus Christ came into this world for seven reasons:
- To Fulfill the Law (Matthew 5:17). The Law was given to mankind by God for the purpose of revealing what is good and right. The problem is that all of us are by nature sinners and incapable of fulfilling the Law. Christ came to fulfill the Law in order to reveal He is good, He is right, He is God and to become our atonement, our substitute for our sins
- To Reveal God (Romans 1:19,20; John 14: 7-10; Hebrews 1:1-3). Though creation manifests the wisdom, greatness and power of God it does not reveal who He is, nor His holiness, love, mercy and grace. Creation testifies to the fact that God exists. Only Jesus Christ can declare: “he that has seen Me has seen the Father.” Only Christ is the “express image” of the Person of God.
- To Provide the Way of God (Isaiah 53:6; John 12:46) Mankind is lost. Psychology may define our mental and emotional disorders, analyze and suggest causes, and propose plans for managing them, but psychology alone cannot heal us. The reason is simple. Mankind’s fundamental problem is not psychological, it is spiritual. We are made in the “image of God” and separated from Him because of our sin. Jesus came not to show us the way back to God; He is “the way”.
- To Seek & Save the Lost (Luke 19:10) Like lost sheep, we all stumble in multifarious means to satisfy the emptiness within, the hole in our soul. Like Humpty-Dumpty we have all fallen. We cannot save ourselves, and no counselor can rescue us. We desperately need a Savior.
- To Give Abundant Life (Romans 5:12; John 10:10) As a consequence of Adam’s sin all mankind suffers the judgment of death and, in fact, we all die. Jesus Christ was born in a crèche to die on a cross in order that we might live. But, more than merely living, Christ put on our flesh so that we might receive His Spirit and experience abundant life.
- To Give His Life (John 10: 11, 15; Romans 6:23) Christmas is derived from the combination of two Latin words: Cristes and Maesse. Cristes is, of course, Christ. Maesse means “to suffer”. In fulfillment of the Law, Christ was born to die. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
- To Destroy the Works of Satan (II Corinthians 4:3-6; I John 3:8) Satan tirelessly works to usurp God. He appears as an angel of light to blind, destroy and prevent all mankind from knowing God personally, walking in the light and experiencing His love. Christ came to destroy Satan’s power.
Of all the gifts under the tree none can compare to the One who hung on the tree for you. If you have not already received God’s gift of His Son I invited you to do so now.
God bless you all. Have a very blessed Christmas!