Christmas is the celebration of the life of Jesus, which was given so that we may have hope, joy and peace on earth. Jesus was born with the express purpose of dying so that He could redeem the beloved people of God. God so loved us, people who were created in His image that He would not leave us in a lost state without Hope. Jesus was born so that we could live a life transformed into the likeness of God on the earth. The Christmas story is the story of Jesus coming with the purpose of giving His life that others may live.
Jesus came in the likeness of mankind that He too would have the same position and authority of mankind on the earth. Jesus left His heavenly position and chose to receive a body to live in this fallen world system and He would also suffer as we have suffered. The love of God was expressed in this, a Child born; God Son was given so that He may receive us back into His family and that we should live under a new government, which is the kingdom of God on earth. God sees us as His most treasured, most valued and most loved and as such He would pay such a great price and ransom to retrieve our lives from our fallen stateof sin.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Princeof Peace. NKJV
The greatest gift of God was born in lowly and obscure circumstances in the natural. There was no room for Jesus’ mother to stay in the inn so they stayed in a place where the animals were kept. The King of Kings was born in a lowly place and covered with strips of cloths and not in a palace wearing fine silk. Jesus was laid in a trough a feeding box for animals and not in a bed for royalty. We tend to picture visions of grandeur when we think of Jesus’ birth but it was not, it was in very low circumstances. God’s ways are not like the ways of mankind. God is still birthing His children in low and obscure places so as to prepare them for their future to be kings and priests to this world.
Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. NKJV
With the announcement of Jesus’ birth came the announcement of conflict. The shepherd was told this day in the city of David a Saviour was born which is Christ the Lord. These two titles, Saviour and Christ, speak of both majesty and conflict. The title Savior is one who saves, rescues or delivers, which indicates conflict or trouble. Christ is the Messiah, the promised Deliverer of God’s people, again indicating a fight or battle will ensue or arise for deliverance.
Luke 2: 10-12 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” NKJV
Jesus did not come to this earth blindly or not knowing His mission and His purpose. He came to die that others may live a life transformed to look like their Father in heaven. Jesus did not come to die because we are worthless sinners but because we are valued children. Jesus did not die just so that we can go to heaven but so that we may live transformed lives and also that we will know the truth of who we are. Jesus came so we will reflect the image of our Heavenly Father and that heaven will be brought back to the earth through us.
John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears Myvoice.” NKJV
Christmas is a time that the world calls magical, but Christ followers recognize it as Majestic. It is a time that the world sets aside to honor and praise God for the birth of Jesus theMessiah. During the Christmasseason people are kinder and have a willingness to give and to share with others regardless of their religion.
During Christmas we still see and hear God’s angels praising Him saying, Glory to God in the Highest, peace on earth and good will toward men. Christmas is a celebration of the gift of God to all mankind and God is still being proclaimed and crowned in the praises of His people.
Psalm 22:3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel NKJV
In the celebration of Jesus’ birth we see people denying themselves that they may give to others as Jesus set aside His heavenly splendor and became a man, the Righteous gave Himself for the unrighteous. He was rich beyond measure but became poor that we who were poor in our depraved mindset could become heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ. He laid down His life that we may live. Jesus our Saviour our Sovereign King is our example so that we too may be transformed into the image of God.
John 12:24-26 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. NKJV
Father, let the gift of Christ’s life be born in us this Christmas season;give us a new life and new purpose that we too may die to self-centeredness. Father, let the spirit of pride and selfishness die that we may show the love of God on the earth. Father, let the truth of your word live in us that we may focus on the eternal and lasting things of God and let us turn from the snares of this worldly system of greed and envy. Let the Majesty of Your government; living rightly and doing justly, be on our shoulders so that Your name will be proclaimed as Wonderful, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and The Prince of Peace in our homes, our families and our nations.