The Miracle Of Christmas
I listened to a short program today about what else, Christmas! And the birth of Christ was mentioned of course and this is a very good thing. This got me to thinking, I hear a lot about the fact that Jesus was born for us. Of course Jesus was born for us, but what if we looked at it in a more personal way?
Although biblically correct, (Jesus was born for us) it is also correct to state that Jesus was born for me. Each of us should when we think of Christ’s birth, think that He was born for me, that makes it personal. When we accept Christ into our lives and agree that we are sinners in need of a Savior, Christ comes into our hearts and gives us a new heart made of flesh instead of stone. There is supposed to be more to it than that, we are to enter into a personal relationship with the Lord. So it only stands to reason that Christ was born for me, and for each of you individually. If we look at the birth of Christ as a blanket event, it does not mean as much, compared to when you view His birth as something He did for you personally.
How much more so does this same principal apply to Christ’s death. Jesus Christ, the very Creator of the universe, the One who spoke the universe into existence, the One who holds all things together by the power of His word…this Jesus came to earth and died for me. It is correct to say that Jesus was born to die for us. If I know Christ as Savior, and I do…then Christ died for me. Personalizing what Jesus did makes it all the more sweeter. The Alpha and the Omega, the Lord of lords, The King of kings, the Sustainer of all things…actually came here to our world as a human while at the same time still fully God. This God/man, our Redeemer, redeemed us (me) from the penalty of our sins. Jesus paid our penalty which is death, for we all have sinned…Jesus died for us (me).
As you celebrate Christmas this year, take a moment and reflect on what Jesus did for you by becoming a human, more specifically a helpless baby born in an unclean environment, probably a cave. He was born where the animals were housed, not humans. If that is not humble I don’t know what is. God sent Himself in the form of Christ to a pay an outstanding debt that I owed to the Father. There is no way I could pay this debt, but Jesus came and paid it for me. All my sins are paid for, even the ones that I have not committed yet.
Yes the birth of Christ is an astounding event, worthy of celebration. Christmas is not about presents, although that is part of the fun. Christmas is about Christ, this Christmas lets all worship the One who saved us, and thank Him for the gift we have received…the gift that began with the birth of a little baby named Jesus.