24 hours of A Christmas Story and Miracle on 34th Street. It’s a Wonderful Life in black and white/color, English, and Spanish. 12 different versions of a Christmas Carol. Ugly Christmas sweater parties. One-Eyed Susans, Krinkles, iced cookies, and egg nog. It’s the entire season.
As Christ followers, this is one of the two most significant holidays in the year. It’s one of the most important services because church attendance shoots up and pastors want to be ready. Unfortunately, there aren’t very many verses in the Bible describing that fateful night in Bethlehem. I can’t help but think of Christmas without the very reason that Jesus was born.
“But while we were still sinners, God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us” (Romans 5:8).
This letter penned by Paul reveals a great predicament – we’ve all messed up. Everyone has sinned (3:23). Because of our failures and mistakes, it’s impossible for us to have a relationship with God. Without Him, we’re absolutely helpless and condemned.
There is a solution though. God doesn’t just leave us hanging. Because He loves us passionately, He came up with the answer to all of our cycles of sin and bondage. Almost 2,000 years ago, He became Emmanuel, or God with us. Through Jesus, God had every intention of rescuing His people.
As He grew, Jesus began to preach a new message of redemption that couldn’t be found through any religion or human concoction. He was to become the ultimate sacrifice, taking His role as the Lamb of God. In shedding His Blood, Jesus paid the price for our mistakes. To sinners He became a Savior. To those in need He became the Provider, to the sick He became the Healer, to the abandoned He became the Father.
The amazing thing is that often, we have the privilege of becoming part of that answer through giving, telling, sharing, and serving. So never let it be just a December thing. But all year, let us participate in His plan for people.