In a dark world, we still have a reason to celebrate. As the angel told the shepherds long ago,
“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you” (Lk. 2:10-11).
It’s hard to know if the shepherds understood the full significance of the proclamation of Jesus, “a Savior has been born to you” (Lk. 2:11). But we do know that they understood enough to celebrate. They left “glorifying and praising God” (Lk. 2:20).
- We have the whole of Scripture to help us grasp the need for and significance of having a Savior. Shouldn’t we all the more celebrate the Savior this Christmas and always?
We Celebrate a Savior Who Delivers Us from the Gravity of Sin
Go back to the beginning pages of the Bible and read how God created people in His own image with the intent of being in a relationship with them. He put only one stipulation on them, not to eat the fruit of one specific tree. Their disobedience would result in eternal separation from a holy God, their Creator. They would die not only physically but also spiritually.
Though God gave people laws to show them how to live a holy life, mankind could never perfectly keep the law to bridge that gap between them and God. Yet, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn. 3:16)
Only a sinless person, God Himself, could ever become an adequate sacrifice to pay the penalty our sin deserves. And so, we have the events celebrated at Christmas when God incarnate, came to earth as a sinless baby who would later die for our sin but also be raised from the dead.
For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Rom. 8:3-4)
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5:21)
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. (Phil. 3:9)
Sin has grave consequences which Jesus willingly took on Himself so we can be made right with God. Let’s celebrate the coming of the Savior this Christmas and always.
We Celebrate the One who Saves us from the Grip of Sin
Though saved from the penalty of sin, we still have our sin nature. We can identify with the Apostle Paul when he said, “For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing” (Rom. 7:18-19). But, don’t stop reading. Paul concluded:
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Rom. 7:24-25)
We have a Savior who gives us power to rise above. As we yield to Him, He saves us from the grip sin has on our lives. Change is possible because of Jesus! Let’s celebrate Him this Christmas and always.
We Celebrate the Savior Who is Powerful Enough to Deliver Us from the Groanings of Sin
Pay attention to the news and you know we live in a sin ridden world, filled with much pain and sorrow. One day, however, our Savior will usher us into an eternity where “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Rev. 21:4). Wrongs will be made right. Justice will be served.
Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33). We may not be able to escape the effects of sin in this world, but the day will come when He delivers us from the very presence of sin, and that gives us plenty of reason to celebrate even now.