Christmas is celebrated by billions around the world. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season centered around it.
Christmas is not about depicting the exact date Jesus was born rather the primary purpose of celebrating Christmas is the belief that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for sins of humanity.
Before the world was created it was decided among the Gods in heaven that there should be a sacrifice for the sins of mankind should they fall into the temptation of sin. And one of the Gods called the Word volunteered to be the sacrifice for the sin of mankind yet to be created and so it was sealed in heaven as a done deal hence the Bible says in Revelation 13:8 that “Jesus was crucified before the foundation of the world”.
After this God created the heavens (space, the universe) and the earth in it. He made mankind and placed them in the garden of Eden to enjoy the goodness of God and his loving kindness and provision (Genesis 1:26-27). God warned mankind that there is an enemy, an intruder who is seeking to corrupt the innocence and purity of man hence the instruction to tend the garden (shamar – guard) (See Genesis 2:15-17).
Unfortunately, the man Adam and his wife Eve disregarded God’s instruction and yielded to the temptation of the devil and as a result sin and death was once again reintroduced into the world (Genesis 3:1-7)
But God in his loving kindness having made the provision for redemption from sin promised Adam and Eve, our first ancestors, that a savior will come which is God in the form of human flesh to pay the penalty of our sin (Genesis 3:14-15).
We were guilty of punishment, broken, dented with sin and our relationship to God was severed. Mankind wandered into history without God and hopeless (Ephesians 2:12-13).
For thousands of years as mankind multiplied so did sin multiply within their hearts and amongs them such that at every point in time we are reminded of our need for a savior. Evil spread like a viral outbreak destroying relationships, breaking down societies and destroying nations and their cultural heritage.
But all hope was not lost. Behind the scenes God was working out a plan, one that will deal the final blow on Satan, sin and their effect on mankind. God was also getting the world ready for the Savior. A cursory journey of the Bible shows God working to prepare mankind for the coming of the Savior. First He needed to callout sin by creating a law of good and bad so everyone is without excuse. That Law condemned everyone and declared all guilty of the penalty of sin so that the grace of God may be manifested through the Savior Jesus.
And at the right time a savior was born into the world. God came into the world as a human being by laying aside his divine powers and was born by a virgin, Mary, without sin so that He might be the perfect sacrifice was our sins (Isaiah 9:6-7, Philippians 2:6-11).
Now, if any man believes this in his heart and confesses openly that Jesus is Lord and has come from God to save mankind from the trap of sin such one shall be saved from the power of sin and death (Romans 10:8-13).
Christmas is a time when we celebrate this miracle of love. A love so powerful that God disempowered himself and came into the world and made himself subject to that which He created and suffered in the hands of His creations just so He can save them from the sin that has separated them from Him. He loves us so much that He was willing to give up His only son so that He might make a way for us to be reconnected to Him in love and fellowship (John 3:16).
That’s the story of Christmas. So now how would you celebrate it? Culturally as the biggest holiday of the year or for its true meaning and purpose?
Merry Christmas! 🎁
December 19, 2018