The meaning of christmas
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
The Meaning of Christmas
From the first sin of mankind in the Garden of Eden to the world-wide flood of Noah’s time, to the catastrophic disobedience of Sodom and Gomorrah to the trickery of Jacob, to the constant whining and complaining of the children of Israel in the wilderness, to the turning from God’s rule to the cry for a human king of his people to the split of Israel over leadership personalities to the idol worship and Babylonian captivity of God’s people and beyond, God had every reason to give up on mankind. Genesis 6 tells us that God repented, or changed his mind, about having ever created human beings. Mankind has disappointed God over and over for thousands of years.
In spite of the multitude of reasons for God to give up on us, He didn’t.
Romans 5 tells us that even while were His enemies, Christ died for the ungodly. The ungodly? Who might that be? That would be you and me and every person who ever committed a sin. So, that would be the ENTIRE human race. The meaning of Christmas is very simple; God never gave up on us. He loves mankind so deeply that he became one of us. He became one of us so that he could walk in our shoes. He became one of us so that he could communicate His love toward us. He became one of us so He could sacrifice Himself on a cruel, hate driven cross so that He could pay the price of death for our sins. He did all that so we would not have to pay the price we owed. He did it so we could be His friends again.
This Sunday, Josh and I are going to share the message with you for the 4th Sunday of Advent. That would be Christmas Sunday. We look forward to sharing the message of Christmas in three parts as we see how that God became flesh so that he could speak about us, to us, and in us as THE Word. Check out John 1 and Hebrews 1 as we explore the powerful Word of God, Jesus Christ.
Serving the Reason for the Season,