Finally, the time has come! The Savior who has been promised, prophesied, and who has had His way prepared is here! God has fulfilled His promise of salvation through the birth of the incarnate Son. The birth of Jesus is one of the most miraculous events in all of history.
“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’”Luke 2:1-11 ESV
After countless years of severe oppression due to sin, the Savior of the universe came to earth as an infant. He stooped to our level in the most vulnerable form in order to reveal the riches and glory of the Father’s great kingdom. God’s eternal purpose of sending His own Beloved Son was to rip away the grip of sin, and free the hostages. This is the Christmas story, and is the greatest Christmas story to have ever unfolded.
Throughout your Christmas holiday, it is of utmost important to spend time cherishing the true meaning behind the season’s celebrations: that your Savior was born into a broken world to save you, a broken person. Jesus’ ministry was focused exactly on that purpose, and it cannot be forgotten. More importantly though, we must not overshadow the death and resurrection of Christ. His birth and coming into this world is indeed miraculous, but is reduced to a mere tale if we don’t first cherish the resurrected savior who game Himself for all.
Spend time this holiday season reflecting on all Christ has done for you! Be quick to go to prayer with a thankful heart of admiration for all God has done in your life and in the lives of others. Rejoice with those close to you knowing that your Savior, Jesus, has been born!