By S.C. Shaw
Most of us know the Christmas story, but it never hurts to revisit it and really think about what happened the night Jesus (Yeshua) the Christ was born.
Here’s my simple attempt at it:
On a very normal night, many years ago, a child was born. From the outside, it seemed like any other baby’s birth, except poor and in an animal stable. So maybe a little less than normal but certainly not special, but this was no ordinary baby. Let me back up a bit.
When God created everything, He created all things good and perfect. He created man and women and it was good. But in His perfect creation laid a terrible thing, a desire for “more” than God. With that came a break between God and man’s relationship, that break is called sin. God didn’t create sin, neither did we. Sin is simply anything outside of God. Sin is not a creation, it is an action we chose. God in all His perfection cannot be part of any kind of sin because God can not be anything but Himself. In fact, He is so perfect and righteous, He can not deny himself. What does that mean? Means He must punish sin. What is sin? Anything against a perfect and holy God. Now there is wrath upon us, all of us, we are all cursed to die because Adam (the first man) sinned against God. But God in all His perfection doesn’t destroy us like we deserve. He decides to save us. But there must be punishment for sin. How does God redeem a rebellious man? He sends Himself to live and die the perfect life and death for us, perfect life and perfect death. Only God could do such a thing. And only God could love enough to do such a thing to a group of people who always choose something else other than Him. God sends Himself in the form of Jesus Christ (the Second Person of the Trinity), covered in the weakness of the flesh, and birthed by a virgin girl. Why a virgin? Because given the circumstances, God needed the purest of situations to enter into. Plus, He was fullfiling scripture that predicted His birth about 2,000 years earlier. Many beautiful and gracious things happening here.
Christmas is the ultimate love story of redemption to those who don’t deserve it. God pouring out His grace and mercy on His chiuldren when He should be pouring out His wrath. God comes as a natural baby, to live a natural life, to die a natural death and perform the most unnatural or supernatrual display of love and sacrifice that has ever been and ever will be in all of time. To rise from the dead and ultimately put death away for good. What Satan meant for evil, God planned for the most good ever known for His children. When Christ died for sinners then rose and ascended to heaven, it secured our place (those who choose to submit their life to Him) and bond with Him forever. Now those whom He has chosen to be His children will live and die for Him as well. We aren’t perfect, but we live by the power of the Holy Spirit. And one day, get to be with Him and enjoy Him forever.
This news is a celebration for those who follow Him. But the coming of Christ has a two fold meaning. We only get to partake in this celebration when we are His child. If we are out of the fold of God then none of this is good news. Remember, God must punish sin and we are all born into the curse of sin. God doesn’t just forgive you your sins because He is love. You must accept that gift and repsond accordingly aka. repent and follow Christ with your whole heart, mind, and body.
Let’s not forget the real meaning of Christmas, ever. God came to claim back His rebellious yet loved creation. While we were still spitting in His face, He came and died for us. Perfect love displayed to an imperfect creation, redeemed by a perfect God, and an eternity of joy for those who answer His call of salvation. I pray that you hear His call and chose life this day. It is offered to all who choose. He chose us to choose Him. And pray that you are a chosen one. If you respond to His call then you have always been choosen. Let the beautiful truth of Christmas reign in your hearts and minds this season. Happy Christmas!
Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the Bible, read Gospel-saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the Bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology”, read the 1689 London Baptist confession of faith and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.