What is Christmas?
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.” Isaiah 9:6a
In the midst of the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to lose sight of what Christmas is really about.
Above all, Christmas is about Christ—a time to celebrate when God left the comforts of His home to become one of us. But perhaps you already knew that. The next thing to consider then is this: Why did Jesus come to earth?
Songs like “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” remind us of why He came: “Mild He lays His glory by / Born that man no more may die.” Jesus came to save us from our sin and its consequence. Although it may not be something we like to think about, if we’re honest with ourselves, it’s not too hard to see that we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 tells us that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” And it is because of our sin that we are separated from a relationship with a holy God.
You might reason that just because you sin, it doesn’t mean your sin is as bad as your co-worker’s or the person’s on TV or even someone’s at church. But sin is sin, no matter how big or small it may seem. We have all missed the mark of God’s holy standard. And with every choice we make, there is a consequence—a price to be paid for it. According to God, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
Right now, our situation isn’t looking so good. In fact, God could have left us like this. He could have left us destined for eternal separation from Him in hell. Instead, He gave us a gift. Jesus said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God gave everyone the gift of abundant, eternal life through Jesus. As the sinless Son of God, only Jesus could take our place and pay the price for all of mankind’s sin through His sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection from the dead.
But because God’s gift of eternal life is a free gift, the choice to take it is yours. If you would like to have this gift, you may use the following prayer as a guide to express your desire to God:
I know that I am a sinner. Thank You for sending Your perfect Son Jesus to die in my place. I trust that it is only through His sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection from the dead that I am able to have a right relationship with you now and for eternity. Please save me from my sin so that I can live with you forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen
If you have accepted God’s gift of eternal life, please let us know so we can encourage you and pray for you. To learn more about the Christian life, we suggest reading the Gospel of John in the New Testament.