Christmas is coming! Are you prepared for the busyness of the season? The holiday is packed with shopping, music, lights, decorations, school plays and very long to-do lists. We have to think about gatherings, presents, menus. There are cards to send, emails to write, pictures to take, family and friends to visit. We see our schedules and panic, knowing that it´s impossible to do all the things on our list.
In the middle of our very busy days, it´s easy to forget what we really celebrate at Christmas: We celebrate Jesus…our Savior.
The world turned upside down when Jesus was born. All the Old Testament prophecies about the arrival of the long-awaited Messiah were fulfilled with the birth of Jesus. The Savior became flesh. Jesus incarnated Himself to give us life, to have our sins forgiven, and to give us the opportunity to be saved of the judgment we deserve.
The story of Christmas is full of ordinary people who experienced extraordinary circumstances. We see angels talking to Zechariah, Mary, and Joseph. Angels singing in choir fill the night with praise while the shepherds tend to their flocks. A bright star guides the Magi to Bethlehem, civilian authorities are used by God as a part of His eternal plan. We see miracles. The miracle of John the Baptist conceived in Elizabeth´s old age. And, overall, the miracle of the incarnation of Christ. A young virgin giving birth to the second person of the Trinity.
“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.” – Luke 2:10-11
We celebrate the good news of Jesus´ birth. This was news of great joy and would be for all the people, in three very special ways:
- Jesus is the Savior who delivers us from sin and death (Matthew 1:21).
- He is the human Christ, the Messiah who fulfills the Law and the Prophets, showing that God is faithful (Matthew 5:17).
- He is the Lord who has entered our world in an indivisible, eternal bond of God and man; Emmanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23).
As we enjoy the season, the parties, the presents, the time with friends and family, let’s make Christmas a celebration of our long-awaited Savior!
Friends, join us on Monday, November 26th as we begin this powerful Christmas study! Make sure to share this post on Facebook and Instagram and invite your friends to join us, too!