I just want to take today’s post to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas!
I simply love the Christmas Season, and with a toddler in the house it just makes it even more amazing! She just loves all the lights and exciting traditions she is finally old enough to enjoy. But what I love most of all is the difference Christmas has made on human history.
You see, Christmas is not about trees and lights and cookies. It’s not even about gifts. It’s about the time God bursted into human history, not just by sovereignly orchestrating events, but by literally becoming human. This is great news! Luke 2:10-14 puts it this way:
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
First of all, this is good news! It is wonderful news that Jesus is born. It is wonderful news that the Savior, the Christ, who has been promised since Adam and Eve sinned in the garden is finally here! It is amazing news because the Lord God actually became a human baby!
The multitude of angels all joined in to praise God for what was happening. They praised God for the peace He was offering to all of humanity. The phrase “peace, goodwill towards men” is better understood as “peace among those with whom he is pleased.” What they are really saying is that Christ came to offer peace with God through salvation.
You see, God can’t be pleased with sin. Anything we do, say, or think that is wrong or hateful or contrary to the Bible is sin. And the Bible clearly states that we all have sinned (Romans 3:23). But we don’t really need to Bible to tell us that. Our conscience can do that for us. We know when we do things that are wrong. And because of those sins we all deserve punishment. That punishment is eternity in Hell (Romans 6:23).
Thankfully, that is what brings us back to Christmas. God loves us so much that he sent Jesus to be born as a human. He didn’t do this just to be a good person or a prophet or to show us how to live. He came to die. The perfect, sinless son of God had to die to take our punishment for us. That is how God payed for the greatest Christmas gift ever; eternal life (Romans 6:23).
The best news of all is that Jesus didn’t stay dead. 3 days later He rose from the dead to show us that the payment was accepted and that we can have eternal life in Him. That’s what we celebrate at Easter!
So to become one of those with whom He is pleased, all we need to do is simply trust Christ and his death on the cross as the only way to be saved from our sins. We can’t do anything on our own to save ourselves, so we need Christ the Savior! (Romans 10:9) When we do that, we have Peace with God and when He looks at us, He sees Jesus… not our sins… and He is pleased.
Will you accept Christ today? Will you acknowledge your need of a Savior and that God took care of that on that first Christmas day?
If you did, I’d love to hear from you either in the comments or on Twitter! I think that would be the most wonderful way to celebrate Christmas this year!