Christmas is a time considered by some as the most wonderful
time of the year. Many people in North America and other countries take notice
of this season through Christmas decorations, parties with friends, family
reunions and giving gifts. Our American soldiers and Christian missionaries
celebrate Christmas even though they are far away from home serving in lands
where the residents do not recognize and are not allowed to acknowledge the
true meaning of Christmas. The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist
Convention reminds us that some 1.5 billion people in our world still have no
knowledge of the one true Savior of the world.
The first Christmas was special because Jesus was a unique
person. Jesus, as a baby, was remarkable because He was God in human form.
Christmas is the celebration of eternity’s intersection with time. Jesus, the
Christ, has always existed. He created the universe and this world, but the
time came when the creator left heaven and entered a world cursed by sin. In
fulfillment of Isaiah’s inspired prophetic declaration more than 700 years
before the first Christmas in Bethlehem of Judea, Behold, a virgin shall
conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (Isa. 7:14), Christ
was born in the flesh.
It is easy to become so charmed with the story of a baby in
a manger that we grow sentimental because that child does not seem to ask that
we do anything nor does it demand any vital change in our way of thinking and
It is only when we see the birth of Jesus in the context of
His crucifixion and resurrection that we are able to grasp the full meaning of
the first Christmas.
In a pluralistic society, some view Christ only as a good
example to follow, but He is much more. Jesus is God’s only provision for
forgiving our sin and giving us eternal life because God loves us. Jesus is God
in the flesh. His birth was contrary to the laws of life and His death was
contrary to the laws of death. Jesus is the one central character in human
history; the pivot around which the events of the ages revolve and the only
regenerator of the human race.
Enjoy and celebrate all that surrounds your Christmas season
and marvel once again at this baby in a manger as you think about His
incarnation. Express love for others because God is love. Stand in awe of Him
as the shepherds and the wise men did centuries ago, but then rejoice when you
contemplate how the story gets even better because the baby grew up and
fulfilled His purpose of coming into this world.
“But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His
Son, made of a woman…to redeem them that were under the law.” Galatians 4:4