The day is finally here! All eyes focused on the babe in the manger. It is the birth of God incarnate, coming to earth in human form. This single life has marked our world as no other has or ever will. His name will be called Immanuel! God with us!
He came to earth to reveal himself to us, yes. But more than that, he came to earth to redeem us. He came to earth to show us that we mattered to him. He came to show us that He loved us with such great love that he would give his own life for us. He is the only person born sinless, lived a sinless life so that he alone could be the perfect atonement for our sins, died and rose again conquering sin and death, was seen by over 500 witnesses and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. The Hope we have is because he has promised all who believe, eternal life with him. The Peace we have is knowing that he sits on the throne awaiting the perfect time to return, ending all pain and sorrow, and all conflicts will cease. The Joy we have comes from the fact that he gave us his Spirit to be with us to comfort and guide us into his glorious truth.
Today we celebrate his love expressed in the birth of Jesus. The angels told the shepherds that they had great news of great joy for them. That very evening, in the town of Bethlehem, a Savior had been born who is Christ the Lord. This is the one who had been foretold by the prophets. This is the creator of the universe, come to earth to save (Savior) all men who would believe in him. Not believe that he existed, but believe that he is who he said he was.
He was either a liar, lunatic, or Lord. If we can’t believe he is Lord, he must be both liar and lunatic. No good teacher or ethical man would put himself out to be God. No man has ever come back from the grave, having been dead and buried for three days. There were guards posted at his graveside to ensure the faithful would not abscond with his body. The list goes on and on, but we must decide what we will do with Jesus. A. W. Tozer said, “What comes into your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you.” What we will do with Jesus will determine our future. The babe in the manger was God entering our world and making himself like one of us so that he could be tempted even as we are, and show us how to live in a world of strife and hypocrisy.
In him we have hope, peace, joy and love. All these things are ours when we place our faith in him and the work he accomplished on the cross some 33 years after his birth. A life so short that changed the world and brought God’s love to us. God is love and today we celebrate his love expressed in the birth of Jesus, his only son. God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that whoever believes in him would not perish with the angel of death, but live eternally with him.
May the hope, peace, joy and love of the Christmas season be yours today and throughout the coming year!