As much as I like to plan ahead, I still need someone to save me at Christmas. It always seems, while I have a plan, I either wait too long to order Christmas gifts on line and have them delivered in time for Christmas, or I simply forgot one person on my Christmas list. I really don’t like going to malls, especially in the last few days before Christmas because I probably won’t find what I am looking for and may have to wrestle somebody for one item that multiple people are trying to get. Yes, usually I need someone to save me from over scheduling and trying to be in too many places at the same time, from overspending and a myriad of other things during the Christmas season.
Fortunately for all of us, Christmas is really all about salvation.
God knew that the world’s people would one day need rescuing. Sin would enter the human race and cause a break in our relationship with the heavenly Father. As a result, all people would die and experience eternity apart from Him.
The Bible says that “before before the creation of the world” (1 Peter 1:18-20), a plan for our redemption was already in place. This plan has been revealed through the ages and testified to in Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation: ”But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.” (Galatians 4:4-5)
Luke 2:11 (NASB) says, “for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Notice that this savior is “for you” for all of us. When people think of salvation, they often have a very narrow concept of it: they think that salvation is being saved from hell. But God had so much more in mind than just fire insurance when He sent Jesus to be our Savior.
And Christmas is so much more than the celebration of the birth of Baby Jesus. Christmas is experiencing a Savior through grace. Jesus came to save you from sin and all of the hurt and guilt. Jesus came to save you for the purpose of significant living. Jesus came to save you by His Grace. Christmas was, is and will always be until Christ comes again, a season of salvation to everyone who is willing by faith to ask Jesus to become their Lord and Savior.
If you’ve never heard this story before, it’s what Christmas is all about. But if it is familiar, you might be like many other people who no longer realize just how powerful this holiday really is. Whatever the case, as we walk together through each detail of Jesus’ birth story, observing the Father’s wisdom, I pray you’ll come to realize just how great and mighty our God is.
1. To you personally, is Christmas about the birth of a baby or the birth of a Savior?
2. Is Christmas about garland or grace?
3. What do you need to be saved from this Christmas? (Worry, Fear, Debt, Addictions, Loneliness…)