Devotional

“All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.” – David Jeremiah. 

Christmas is many things to many people. To some, it is time off work or a holiday bonus. For others, it is a time to give gifts to others and to receive gifts in return. For others, it is family time. None of those things are bad in themselves, but when you think about it, you can do or enjoy those things at any time during the year; all of those things can be done without Christmas. So, they can’t be the ultimate reason we need Christmas. 

There are people that don’t think they need Christmas; at least it doesn’t bring a smile to their face. Too much commercialism, those awkward family gatherings, endless shopping excursions, and then there is the stress of showing to pay for all the gifts. The new year can’t come fast enough. 

Sometimes we dwell on the secondary reasons for Christmas and lose sight of the true significance of Christmas. So why do we really need Christmas? The reasons begin in the 3rd chapter of Genesis and tell us how the human race fell into sin. Adam and Eve, having been tempted by the serpent, said, “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” (3:5) The result as you know was tragic. They fear God’s presence and throw each other under the bus to avoid His wrath.

Despite the darkness that shrouded that day, one beam of hope shone through – and this is where we come back to the topic of Christmas.

We need Christmas. This holiday of holidays doesn’t exist because we need vacations, presents, and extra church services. Christmas exists because we have sinned. If Genesis chapter 3 didn’t happen we wouldn’t need Christmas. If we had a pure, true relationship with God, we wouldn’t need Christmas. If mankind had trusted God to determine what is good and evil, we wouldn’t need Christmas. But Genesis 3 did happen, and because rebellion against God happens in our hearts every day; because we sin constantly, we need Christmas. Matthew, in his account of Christ’s birth, wrote, “And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21). We needed God to intervene in our lives, and that is exactly what God the Father did by sending God the Son to be born of a virgin by the power of God the Holy Spirit. If He was not born, He could not die. If He did not die, the penalty for man’s sinful disobedience that broke our relationship with God could not have been paid.

So why do we need Christmas? We need Christ’s birth to make a way for us to be right with God. The wood of the manger turns into the wood of the cross. The baby becomes our crucified Savior. 

Let’s be intentional in remembering why it is we need Christmas in the first place. Then let us adore Him, the One who came to save us from our sin.

Discussion Questions: 

  1. All I want for Christmas is ______? 
  2. Why does every believer need Christmas?