What is the fuss all about? Why do we celebrate the birth of someone from 2000+ years ago? In Rick Warren’s book The Purpose of Christmas, you will read about the real meaning of Christmas. But I’ll try to give a good sample of it here.
You see it’s all about God.
God made us. He gave us a free will so we can choose to love whoever or whatever we want. Many of us did just that. We loved everyone and everything, except our Creator. By rejecting God through our loving everyone and everything else, we sinned against God. Romans 6:23 tells us “the wages of sin is death”. Romans 3:23 says “all sin and fall short of the glory of God”. That means anyone who chooses not to love God, chooses to sin instead and the result is the death penalty.
But God knew this would happen, so He made a way to save us from the death penalty. He sent His Son, in human form, to live a perfect life, to take our sin upon Himself and die on a cross in our place. That means our past sin, present sin and future sins are already dealt with. Jesus’ death paid the penalty for us.
If we recognize our sinful condition, submit to God’s will by believing through faith Jesus Christ died for us, we are granted a new life. Who wouldn’t want their record of wrongs wiped away or to be pardoned from the death penalty?
Think about it.
A fresh start. A do-over. A second chance. A new life. It almost sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? Well, the Bible tells us in Matthew 19:26 NKJV “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Are you tired of striving to be good, only to realize you’re always fall short?
This Christmas celebrate the Savior by believing His Salvation. He paid the penalty of death so we would be set free. John 8:36 NKJV says “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
What are free from you ask? Free from death. Free from sin. Free from our sinful desires. Free from our self. Free from eternal separation from God. But are not just saved to be free, we are saved for something too. Salvation means we are saved for God, for His purposes, for His glory, and for good works He prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).
Sweet Jesus, this Christmas may our hearts rejoice because of you. May your salvation be the reason for the season. May we live in freedom you died to give us. In your precious name we pray. Amen.