Christmas is about Jesus being born to pay our ransom, obtaining our freedom from our sins and God’s wrath against them. Also, please read the “P.S.” at the bottom.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
Christmas was purposely planned from before the foundation of this world. In one sense we can say that the world was made for Christmas. It was announced to Adam and Eve after they had sinned, reiterated throughout the Old Testament, and finally fulfilled when God’s time had come. While Christmas has many wonderful aspects, the essence is God sending forth His Son to redeem us and making us part of His family.
Jesus didn’t originate on Christmas morning. He’s “from ancient days” (Micah 5:2). He later on said: “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). He’s the self-existing One. He who didn’t have a beginning became the Son of Man “when the fullness of time had come.”
He came “to redeem those who were under the law.” While God had specifically given His law to the Jews, Paul also showed that He had given His law to Gentiles in their hearts and conscience, knowing instinctively what’s right and wrong: “They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them . . .” (Rom. 2:15). Either way, we’ve no excuse for our sins.
One of the reasons God gave His law was to show that we stand guilty before Him: “Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God” (Rom. 3:19). We need a Savior!
Jesus paid the price for our salvation by living a perfect righteous life on our behalf and by dying a sacrificial death for our sins. When we receive Him by faith, we’re adopted into God’s family. Only then can we truly celebrate Christmas.
What’s your response? Will you continue with the busyness of life, ignoring and neglecting God’s gift? Or will you receive Him for who He is and what He has accomplished? To ignore and neglect Him will be to your eternal detriment. To receive and enjoy Him will be to your eternal bliss. Isn’t that a no-brainer?
The Devotional Writer
P.S. On January 1st, we’ll start the book launch of A Christ-Centered Identity: Discovering Your God-Given Identity in His Son. You’ll read through the entire book in just 3 minutes each day. Join the book launch at www.thegloryofchrist.com/free-book