I remember a month ago that I was thinking about the coming of Christmas 2018, and the first thing that came to mind was to have the tree and the lights ready, that we actually mounted it in the middle of November.
Some will think the same or maybe other things like family dinner, or gifts. What is true, is that Christmas goes beyond all these matters, and that's why I want to take them to the real reason for Christmas.
And we will discover it in the Word of God. You probably thought I should show them those verses related to the shepherds, the manger, the wise men, the angels, yet Christmas is much more than each of those aspects.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 "So if any man is in Christ, he is new creature; old things happened; Behold all are made new. And all this comes from God, who reconciled us with himself for Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that God was in Christ reconciling the world with him, not taking into account their sins, and he entrusted to us the word of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors in the name of Christ, as if God were begging through us; We pray in the name of Christ: Reconciliate ye to God. He who knew no sin, for us made it sin, that we might be made justice of God in him."
Several words become important in this passage, new life, reconciliation of mankind with God, the forgiveness of sins through Jesus, who bore our sins.
Therefore, we can say in principle that CHRISTMAS is the celebration of the historical moment, in which God came to earth in the person of his Beloved Son Jesus, to reconcile with him the sinful man through his substitute death on the cross.
Christmas is about the work of Almighty God to redeem humanity. Many celebrate Christmas, but not Biblical Christmas, that's a Christmas they've formed in their minds and that fits with their plans and ideas.
How was reconciliation between God and men possible?
1. God being God, humbled himself, becoming man through Jesus, his Beloved Son.
Philippians 2:5-11 "There, therefore, in you this feeling that there was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider being equal to God as a thing to hold on to, but stripped himself, taking the form of a servant, made like men; and being in manhood, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, and death on the cross. For which God also exalted him to the full, and gave him a name which is above all name, that in the name of Jesus every knee of those who are in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth might bend; And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
According to this, God in his unconditional love for humanity, knowing our status of weak, unable to save ourselves, sent Jesus Christ as a baby, who being God, was born into the world, grew up as a man and gave his life on the cross, so that everything He who believed in Him would be forgiven of his sins, and thereby lead us to a new position as children of God and assure us of salvation and thus eternal life.
2. Reconciliation with God.
This is to unite and leave all hostility aside, to bring peace and order between two people. This is impressive, for God by his unconditional love comes on his own initiative to reconcile us, to seek us, to reach us in his Spirit of forgiveness so that we would no longer be his enemies, but his friends, that we could confidently enter the throne of Grace, and have a permanent relationship and presence.
But he had to go to the cross and pour his Blood into the ordeal to pay the debt of the world's sin. This is how it made it possible for us to be saved and worthy of eternal life.
When we think of Christmas, we must take into account forgiveness, redemption, reconcilation, and justification of the Almighty God. We are no longer guilty, He paid our price, Declared us sanctified, which means that He set us apart, and now in our daily lives we depend on Him for a consecrated life.
Gentlemen, outside of Jesus Christ there is no forgiveness of sins and when a person comes to Him, willing that He will govern his life, everything changes, there is joy, happiness, trust, security, and even when everything is out of control in his life, we remain firm, because his trust is no longer in us, but in the Almighty God.
So the meaning of Christmas: it is the celebration of the moment when God sent Jesus, the Only Son of God, who came to earth in the form of a man to reconcile sinful humanity with him and make possible through faith in Jesus Christ , the total transformation of our lives, by giving us a new position as children of God, and having eternal life.
Today we must ask ourselves, that it would have been of our lives if Jesus had not come to this earth ?, I think it would be a life without purpose, no meaning, without hope, without peace, without joy, i'm sure we would be lost.
So WE PRAY: Thank you Lord for having had the initiative to come to our rescue and reconcile with you. Well, you knew we couldn't do it, and we couldn't save ourselves. But You are so kind and merciful that you sent your Son Jesus Christ to die for us on the cross of ordeal and forgive our sins and give us eternal life. Thank you dear God, we bless you and we love you with all our hearts. Amen.