We have only heard the beginning of the message of Christmas. That little Baby, born so long ago in a humble stable, grew up. He became a man who spoke God’s Word to all people. He taught us the ways of God. He healed the sick, ate with sinners, and comforted the mistreated.
One day, the people turned against Him. That same little Baby who was worshiped by the Magi was beaten and mocked, and was crucified. Where was God in this? What happened to the joyous message of Christmas on that dark Friday?
The Good News of Christmas is not just that Jesus was born, but that he died, was buried, and then on Easter Sunday morning, He rose again … so that you and I, and all those who lived before us and who will live after us, who believe His Words, repent of sin, and confess Him as Lord will have eternal life!
The message of Christmas is that Jesus was not Plan B for mankind. The message of Christmas is that God loves us so much that He sent His Son to be with us – to be like us. Jesus came to live among us on purpose. He became human on purpose. He died and rose again … on purpose.
God sent Jesus to earth so that we could know Him and love Him – and worship Him. This is the message of Christmas!
John 1:1-14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of dark men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.