As you celebrate the holidays, what does this season mean to you? Does a baby in a manger factor into your reflections on the meaning of the season? And, if so, what is the meaning of that baby born in Bethlehem?
Perhaps it is just another cultural holiday for some. So, why is the Christmas season so special for Christians?
The Bible, God’s word, tells us that “through fear of death” we are “subject to lifelong slavery”. All of us have violated God’s laws and our own God given conscience. We will face God on Judgement Day. How will you fare on that day?
Have you ever told a lie? Have you committed murder? Remember, Jesus likened the hate of a brother to murder! Have you taken the Lord’s name in vain (for example, saying “Oh my G-d”)? Have you ever stolen anything? The Bible tells us that “whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it”!
We have all rebelled against God and are all deserving of God’s condemnation. We wouldn’t call a judge “good” who simply forgave criminals without a fine or some punishment.
We are also unable to save ourselves from the penalty of sin. However, the Gospel (which means “good news”) tells us “…God has done what the law…could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh…he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us…”
The Lord Jesus paid the penalty for our sin by His death on a cross. He then rose again to life which proves His word can be trusted. His sacrifice is applied to our debt to God in only one way–through repentant faith in Him, the Lord Jesus Christ.
And true faith will show itself real in repentance from dead works, or following our own selfish desires, and being wise in our own eyes.
Turn to Christ today, while you still have the opportunity. It is by no accident that you are reading this note today!
Please see the following scripture references for further study:
2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 2:14-15; Romans 2:15; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 21:8; Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:22; 1 John 3:15; Exodus 20:7; James 2:10; Romans 8:3-4; Romans 3:21-25 (English Standard Version)
Or go to this website to read them all: Biblegateway online bible with all verses noted above.
Thank you for reading and Merry Christmas!