Saturday, December 8, 2012

Why Are We Celebrating Christmas?



We’ve approached a time of bustle.  
Shopping, baking, holiday greetings, and home for Christmas.   

But why?   

Why are we celebrating Christmas?

How would the average person answer that question?  
Tradition?  
Family?   
Love for hearth and home?



Let’s go back to the first Christmas.  

A baby in a stall.   
And the most incredible statement ever spoken:  “Jesus was born.” (Matt. 2:1) 

The “image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” who is “before all things, and by him all things consist” (see Col. 1:15-19) . . .was born.  

GOD was “made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).

He was made flesh.   
All the blood of bulls and goats could not fully atone for man’s sin.  The blood of Christ was the only blood sufficient.  So a body was prepared for Him (Heb. 10:5).

Suddenly, God could bleed. 

And 33 years later, Christ bled on a cross, and God’s perfect justice was satisfied.

He dwelt among us.   
He didn't arrive as a full-grown man the hour of the crucifixion, pay for sins, and then leave.

He "dwelt among us.”  

He associated Himself with us and was tempted “in all points. . .like as we are” (Heb. 4:15).   
He went through the things we go through.  
He was touched by every grief, every disappointment, every painful trial, and every overwhelming temptation.    

But He never sinned.

When He came, He bled as a perfect sacrifice, and He lived a perfect life. 

Horatius Bonar once said:

Upon a life I did not live,
Upon a death I did not die;
Another’s life, Another’s death,
I stake my whole eternity.

You and I can say that, too, because “Jesus was born.”

THAT’s why we’re celebrating Christmas.



Related Post:  The Perfect Christmas Gift
 

2 comments:

  1. Hi Bethany,

    Your line, "Suddenly God could bleed," riveted my attention from your post here. Thank you.

    Jennifer Dougan
    www.jenniferdougan.com

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. The thought always amazes me. That a "body was prepared for Him." So He could lay it down as a sacrifice. He was the only One who could qualify!

      Merry Christmas!
      Bethany

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