‘Tis the season! Christmas is all around us. Lights, trees, candles, music, cookies—we can’t get away from it! We look forward to our holiday traditions of spending time with family, opening presents, and watching our favorite Christmas movies. But have we really stopped and pondered Christmas? What is it all about? Yes, we have a general idea that baby Jesus was born and that angels sang and shepherds came to see Him. But what does it matter? Why is it so important?
Luke 2:11 says, “for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (NASB). Christ was born as a Savior. That He is called a Savior implies that someone needs saving. Who needs saving? And saving from what, exactly? Well, we are all born sinners; we all do and think and say wrong things, things contrary to the Word and the character of God. We don’t think that our sin is so bad because we see sin all around us and are so corrupt in our hearts that we become numb to it. But God has no sin, and sin is a big deal to Him.
So the answer to the question of “who needs saving” is that we all do! We are lost in our sin and have no way of helping ourselves. This sin enslaves us and sentences us to eternal condemnation. The significance of Christmas is this: God loved us so much that He didn’t want us to be lost in our sin. The Son of God left His glory in heaven and became a human being, not so that we can have a joyous season during which we sing nice songs and give each other gifts, but rather so that He could live a perfect life, die a sacrificial death in our place, and rise from the grave to offer us hope.
This Christmas season, really stop and ponder. Think about the love of God and the sinfulness of man. Think about the work of Christ on the cross when He died to pay the penalty for our sins. Think about how only through complete trust and faith in Jesus can we be saved from the power and penalty of our sins. The little baby in the manger became the man on the cross, and we should be eternally grateful.
Have a merry Christmas!
Romans 3:23 – “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 10:9 – “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”
Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”