Luke 2:9-11 (NASB) 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
These words from the Angel, mark the greatest of announcements that could have ever been made. While the Shepherds were in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks, a young couple was a short distance away, being a fundamental part of history that would change the world forever. On that night, thousands of years ago, the Lord Jesus Christ, took on human flesh, just like the prophets foretold, and came to the earth. And His coming was not what many people think, He was not one of many gods or one of many great people to be born, He was and is the Lord (Acts 2:36). And the only Lord of all, who came to save, to rescue anyone who will surrender their lives to Him.
So often the purpose of what we call Christmas, is masked inside the boxes and packages and gifts on December 25th. It is true, Jesus was the greatest of gifts to the world and He should be shared with all the world. But His coming was not just a gift from God in the way people often think of gifts, but the Way (John 14:6) and the only way people can be rescued from the domination of sin in their lives. John 3:17 (NASB) 17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
The shepherds in the fields that night, heard the angel announce that the One who would save people, was now come. Save them from what? Rome? Other nations threatening the Hebrews? Who would He save and why?
The answer is in the Scripture, He came to save the sick, the spiritually sick, those who were blinded by sin and were in treat of violating the Holy Father and His Holiness (1 Timothy 1:16). Which, by the way, is every human being. Romans 3:23 (NASB) 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Every person alive, every person born from the time of Adam and Eve are violators of the Holiness of God, (Ezekiel 18:20) and therefore, are under the judgement of God.
But, God, through His grace and mercy, is not a god who desires for people to be lost, but to find their salvation in Him (2 Peter 3:9) So, He came to the earth, to pay the penalty of our sin, which is death. So that we, and all who repent or turn from their sin, could be freed from that penalty. In other words, Jesus was born to be the debt satisfier or debt payer, if you will, for our sin. Then on the third day, He was raised to life. Giving us the proof that He was truly God and is alive again. Which helps us to know that when we die, we will be alive in Christ also.
Without Jesus coming to the earth and giving His life for us, no man could ever be in the presence of God. No one would have the hope of eternal life with God, but only a hellish future, bound forever in a prison of untold misery, forever out of the saving work of God.
Christmas is a joyful time, not because of what the world calls Christmas, but it is joyful because God loved us enough to rescue us from the darkness of sin that would forever keep us bound in hell (Colossians 1:8).
I pray that on Christmas morning, your heart will greatly enjoy the time with family and friends, and if you are alone, remember you are not truly alone, because Christ is the greatest gift that anyone could give and when He was resurrected, He gave to all who believe in Him the Holy Spirit to comfort us and encourage us always (John 14:16).
So, make sure you are living a life of repentance, turning away from any and all sins that you know, and surrender to God by asking Him to forgive you for violating His Holiness. Then rest in the peace of knowing you fully belong to Him and will live forever with Him in His presence.