I am currently sitting in class, bored. I’m finished with my assignment and am just waiting for the bell to ring. Someone had the idea to listen to music while we worked and so I’ve been having to listen to my classmates choice of “music.” (No body but Chad seemed to like my choice of One Day More 😦 )
So why is this a reason to celebrate? There are two reasons, on which I shall elaborate on below.
The first is that it is the last day of class before holiday break! I am totally looking forward to being free of school for a whole two weeks off! There is of course a downside to this, and that is the knowledge that the time will end all to quickly and after break I’ll be busier than ever with three new college classes.
The second is that Christmas is all most here! Of course I am looking forward to all the fun stuff with family and all, but there is a different reason why this time of year is important to me. Christmas is the time of year that we celebrate the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
“Ah ha!” Someone will say. “We don’t know that Jesus was born on December 25!”
Yes, you would be correct. In fact, there are 364 other days He could have been born (365 if it was a leap year). That is entirely aside my point. Notice I said it was when we celebrate Jesus’ birth, not that it was when he was born. But to return.
So why was it important that Jesus was born? To answer that question, I will need to back up to the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth. The Bible says that He made the land and sea, the oceans, the skies, the plants, the stars, the birds, the fish, and the animals all in six days and after all that he created man in His own image. When He was done, the Bible tells us that God saw it all and declared it to be very good.
God placed the first two people (Adam and Eve) in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. He gave our first parents only one instruction; not to eat the fruit of the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. He told them that in the day they ate it, they would surely die.
Satan, however, deceived Eve and convinced them to eat the fruit. In this act of disobedience came the fall. Before everything had been perfect. Afterwards, Sin and Death entered the world. Because He is Holy and Just, God put a curse on Mankind for their sin and sent them out of the garden. In that day they died spiritually, and their failure applies to all of us as their descendants.
But God didn’t leave us without hope. At the same time as he placed the curse on sin, He promised that He would send a savior of the seed of the woman to deliver mankind from the curse.
Throughout history God’s people have eagerly awaited the coming Deliverer, and that Savior came as the baby Jesus, born of a virgin, born to fulfill all the promises made throughout time by God’s prophets. Born to redeem us from the curse of the law that we might be reconciled to God. That reconciliation would come at a cost, however, and that cost would be that of Him who knew no sin becoming sin for us and shedding His blood to pay the price of sin. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
It is easy at Christmas time as we look at the scene of the Baby in the manger to forget why that Baby came, and that was to pay the ultimate price for our wickedness. The point of Him coming was His death and resurrection that would break the bondage of sin and death.
And unlike my Christmas break, what He has done for us will never end.
So we have plenty reason to celebrate, now and every day!
Merry Christmas, y’all!