Rediscover the Christmas Story in the Bible
So Christmas is just around the corner and as a major global celebration event that takes place at this time of the year, persons are anticipating the joy and celebration time when they will connect with friends and families, indulge in sumptuous meals, listen to the sweet melodies of Christmas carols, exchange gifts, beautifully decorate their Christmas trees and the list goes on. Unfortunately, while we still continue to face the unprecedented impact as a result of COVID – 19, the usual Christmas celebration on December 25th will not be the same for some persons.
While many continue to place great emphasis on these secular things in celebrating this festive season, as Christians we have a greater reason to celebrate. The significance of the birth of our Lord and Saviour is a powerful demonstration of the love that God has for us and the most significant gift that mankind has ever received. As you pause to celebrate this occasion, it is of even greater importance to learn more about the reason for the season outlined in the Story of the birth of Jesus Christ, our role in the story, and how it has impacted every chapter of our lives.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us, a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9: 6,7. (KJV.)
With the introduction of sin in our world, it created a need for mankind to be reconciled to God. When Isaiah spoke about the coming of the Messiah, he categorically stated that the child would grow and establish a Kingdom forevermore. The woman that God chose to be the mother of the Messiah was the virgin Mary.
Mary, through the Holy Spirit, became pregnant and even though it created some skepticism in the mind of her partner Joseph, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and allay his fears and insecurities by saying. “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the LORD by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the LORD had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25. (KJV)
Mary and Joseph journeyed to Bethlehem where the birth of Jesus took place under humble circumstances. ”And she brought her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7. KJV. The birth of Christ was of huge significance. While Shepherds were in the field tending their flocks by night during the cold winter season, an angel appeared to them announcing the birth of the Messiah. They excitedly journeyed to the place where Jesus was born.
The life of Jesus has impacted our world much more than we can ever imagine. Even though He was the Son of God, he fully took on humanity and lived among his fellow men on earth. During that time, He taught persons about the love of God and their need of a Saviour, He healed, He restored among many other things which significantly improved the lives of people. His ultimate sacrifice happened when He gave up His life for humanity by dying a most horrific death on the cross so that we might experience the joy of eternal life.
The good news however is that He rose again and now sits on the throne as a mediator interceding on our behalf. Jesus Christ came into our world to give us hope. In life, we can encounter many challenges as a result of life’s vicissitudes, but the good news is that, in faith, we can always look to Jesus and we can still find comfort in Him. He still invites us to talk to Him through prayer and meditation and by doing this, many lives have been transformed.
We have many reasons to celebrate our Saviour and to give Him thanks for His atonement of our sins. As we celebrate, let us focus on the magnitude of love that God has for us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJV).
In your celebration this year, as you exchange gifts, thank God for the gift of His son who was born to save us, as you place those gifts under the Christmas tree, think about the grassy stable where He was born in humility, as you share with family and friends, think about how He walked this earth spreading love and cheer to everyone, especially the less fortunate and as you enjoy the melodious singing of jingle bells, think about the greatest musical rendition ever performed – “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace good will toward men.” Luke 2:14 (KJV).
Thank you Jesus – Your birth has given us life.