Christmas is a wonderful time that is full of joy, hope, peace, thanksgiving, and tranquility. These emotions are emitted during this time in abundance, and it is truly a wondrous sight to see. All of these, though, need to have a purpose. This Christmas season can be spent being joyous and thankful, but if these great emotions aren’t directed towards the reason Christmas is even celebrated, then the point is being missed. Throughout this Christmas season there needs to be a shift in the perspective as to why we are celebrating. We need to celebrate Christmas with a spirit of joy knowing that God sent His promised Son to save the world.
The birth of Jesus was actually promised near the beginning of God’s Word. After all of creation, Adam and Eve walked with the Lord in the Garden of Eden. Their lives were prosperous and joyous because of this. Sin, however, disrupted this beautiful time and completely shattered the scene. Mankind became bound to sin under Adam, and thus needed a savior. So, God’s first promise was made: a promised offspring of Adam (man) that would reign victorious over the scheming serpent who brought destruction.
“I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”Genesis 3:15 ESV
This offspring would be Jesus! God sent His Son to earth in the form of a man in order to free captive mankind from the tyrannical dominion of sin. Isn’t that the most beautiful thing you could hear this Christmas season? You are loved so much by God that He sent His Son to dwell among us (Emmanuel), and establish His reign where all can rejoice, have hope, peace, thanksgiving, and tranquility.
During this holiday season, “set your mind on things that are above” (Colossians 3:2 ESV). The true reason you should be joyful is because God sent Jesus down to earth to die for you! He is the Promised Savior, the One who laid down His life for you. So, spend time reading your bible (about our Promised Savior), praying to the Lord, and engaging in joyful celebration with those close to you in the Spirit of God.