Why is Christmas such a special time?
People go to all kinds of trouble and expense to decorate their homes, their stores, and even their offices; and somehow, a spirit is generated that cannot be ignored. People are kinder, they seem to go out of their way to spread goodwill.
The seasonal music and carols are an inspiring and pleasant change as we walk through the malls. What is it all about? How do we explain it?
It marks the greatest day in history
Something took place in the middle east, almost 2,000 years ago, that changed the world and brought hope to mankind. In the little town of Bethlehem a baby was born. They called him Jesus because he would save his people from their sins. For centuries of time, people had been waiting and longing for the appearance of the promised Messiah, and now, at last, this was his arrival.
Away back in the garden of Eden after our first parents took of the forbidden fruit and brought sin and death into the world, they were banished from the garden, and fell under the judgment of God. They passed on their sinful natures to their children, and they to their children, until we arrived on the scene with a sinful nature. So we are sinners by nature, and, certainly, sinners by practise. But God gave them a promise that He would send a Saviour - a Messiah!
The prophet Isaiah said that the child who was to be born would be the Son given. God gave His only begotten Son. This virgin-born child was the very Son of God: “not a deified man nor a humanised God, but a true God-man. One who is all that God is, and at the same time all that man is: One on whose almighty arm we can rest, and to whose human sympathy we can appeal.”
Why a Saviour?
Why not a liberator, a teacher, a social activist, or a philosopher? God knew that man’s greatest need was for a Saviour. One who would take away our sin and guilt before a holy God, and provide a perfect atoning sacrifice on a cross. Jesus Christ did all this for us. You see, the good news of Christmas is that “God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
This holy child was born to die. He came into this world with the express purpose of giving His life as the one great sacrifice for sins forever. That is how much God loves us! However, you and I must respond to God’s love in the way He has prescribed in the gospel:
1. You must acknowledge to God that you are a sinner in His sight, and repent of your sin.
2. You must believe that Jesus Christ the Son of God died on the cross for your sins. Ask Him to blot out your sins with the precious blood He shed.
3. You must receive Jesus Christ into your life in an act of faith. Humbly invite Him to enter your life by His Spirit.
4. You should now be ready to confess to others that Jesus is now your Lord and Saviour. Jesus said “lf you confess Me before men, I will confess you before My Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:32 Jesus said “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelations 3:20. JESUS is God’s gift to the world. When you receive Him by faith, you receive “the gift of God which is eternal life.”
Christmas is the time to tell the world that the Saviour has come. Wouldn’t it be a tragedy if you missed God’s Gift for you and your family?
How to receive God’s gift!
If you are uncertain about your relationship wilh God, why not pray this prayer right now:
“LORD JESUS, I want to thank you for coming into this world to die for the sin of the world. I confess that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sin. I believe You died on the cross for me, and rose again on the third day. Come into my life now, wash away my sins, and help me to live for Your honour and glory from this day forward. Amen.”
If you have received Jesus, you have received God’s Christmas gift! “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on His name.” John 1:12
The next step
Millions of people around the world have received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. You must meet some of them. Go to a good evangelical church on Sunday, and tell them either that you have just become a Christian, or you are interested in becoming one. Happy Christmasl
John M. Moore