“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”- Luke 2:10-11.
Most people have heard the story of Jesus’ birth. But knowing the story and understanding the true significance of His birth can be missed because of that familiarity with the “story” aspect. How often do we think about the deeper meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ?
The birth of Jesus Christ was not the ordinary birth of an ordinary man. It was the birth of the most unique person in history. The birth of Jesus Christ was the incarnation of God Himself. The conception and birth of Jesus Christ was the mingling of God with humanity. In other words, God became a man. Jesus, who was born in the manger, fully expressed the very God in all His rich being and person to mankind. God’s love, mercy, righteousness, holiness, compassion, and glory were and still are expressed in the humanity of Christ. So what if Jesus had never been born? Then what?
What would the point of our lives be if there was no God? We could go on doing what we do, but for what? Working to what end? Loving, giving, sharing and helping—for whom, when in the end, we just die? What are our successes for? Why would we care if we always failed? Nothing matters, we’re all going to die. Basically, we would have no hope because Jesus is the hope of the world: “This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope.” (1 Timothy 1:1).
What would my life be like without the Lord? It would be a life without true meaning, a life without a totally reliable model to imitate, a life without direction, a life without forgiveness, and a life without a future. It is a dark and depressing thought because a world without God is a pointless one.
But when I’m reminded of the Christian birth, the shepherds and angels, a present and the future are brighter places. I need God to hold me accountable, put meaning into my life, and to give me hope every day of my life. And I need when I finally pass from this world into His.
- How do you get your arms around Jesus being God and man?
- What does the birth of Jesus mean for our everyday lives?