Christmas is all about Jesus. It is about the birth of Jesus Christ. But who is Jesus? Why is his birth so important? There is many things to say regarding who Jesus is but there are two major points I’d like to share.
- Jesus is the Son of God
- Jesus was Born to Die
Jesus is the Son of God
You will often hear people say that all religions basically point to the same God. I would disagree with that for many reasons but, I do understand the heart behind it. It’s a simply idea that people are generally good and with our good intentions, we are all looking for truth. So you can think God as being on top of a huge mountain and everyone is climbing up this mountain in search of God. And no matter what path we choose, no matter what truth we believe in, in the end, we will get to the top and hopefully meet the same God.
Christmas is here to tell you that you don’t need to find your own path. You don’t need to wonder if God is up there at the top. Christmas is here to tell you God came down from the mountain for us. Read with me from John 1:1-5, 9-14. And take special note of verse 14.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:1-5, 9-14
This was no ordinary birth of an ordinary child. This was no simple birth of a king or a wise man. This was God himself taking on flesh and living on earth. This was God, who is infinite and eternal, forever, timeless, without beginning or end, without any limits, coming into flesh,limiting himself into a specific time in history and limiting himself to the limits of the human mind and body. But why? Why did God come to us?
Jesus was Born to Die
Each one of us will die some day. People who are born all come into this world with an expiration date. But this is not what I am talking about. God took on flesh into this world for the purpose of dying. More specifically, he came to earth so that he would be executed on the cross. This is where many people get confused. Even a lot of the Jews who followed Jesus got very confused when Jesus was crucified on the cross.
And even to this very day, people hear about Jesus as the Savior and they ask, “what did Jesus save us from?” We see the pain and violence all over this world. We see the sorrow and injustice. We see the suffering, we see the evil and we experience it in our own lives too. We ask, “How come God doesn’t save us from these things? How come God doesn’t answer my prayers? Doesn’t he see my suffering? Isn’t God supposed to be good?” And we wonder, “Why is God so silent!”
God is not silent. God was not silent.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
“…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
God took on flesh and came into this world to find us and save us, to give his life as a ransom for many. Just like the Jews during Jesus’ life, it’s hard sometimes to see how this helps anything. Even Peter, someone you can consider a leader among the disciples, when Jesus said he will have to die on the cross, even Peter says to Jesus, “Never! That will never happen!”
Why did Peter say that? Because he was expecting Jesus to save us in a different way. And many of the Jews who followed Jesus also thought so too. They thought that Jesus would be the political Savior King who would free the Jews from the Romans and restore an earthly kingdom, and bring justice to them by freeing them and building a mighty army and bring back the glory of the past. But God had much more in mind than just bringing back the glory of Israel and freeing his people from the Romans.
Why is Christmas so significant? How is God not silent? God took on flesh and came to the earth to save us from sin and death. This is something that we could never be freed from.
Before God created the world. Before God created the first humans, Adam and Eve, God knew that we would fall to sin. And God knew that because of our sin, there would be so much pain and suffering. He knew of all the wars, all the violence and evil. He knew all the death and disease. He knew every tear. He knew every hopeless heart. But God still created us knowing all of this. Because He already planned before creating us that He would come and save us.
Why would God allow so much evil and suffering just to come and save us? Because God loves each and every one of us that much. He loved us to the point that he thought it was worth all the pain and suffering in this world just for us to come to know him and be saved by him.
Have you ever doubted God? Are you going through suffering today? God is not the source of evil. He did not make your suffering happen. It is our sin, it is our rebellion against God and our unbelief of God, that has caused all of this.
But God considered all that you’ve gone through, all that you are going through and all that has happened in the world all worth it simply for you to come to know him today. God is not silent. He came for us to save us. You are worth Jesus to God. Christmas is his ultimate answer to our cries.
I encourage everyone today, don’t let this season of Christmas just pass by like any other holiday. And just because Christmas day is over, don’t stop meditating on the meaning of Christmas. Take some time with yourself and take some time with your family and really look at who Jesus is. Consider how Jesus is the Son of God and how Jesus was born to die. I pray that as you begin to look at who Jesus is, God will move your heart in worship to who Jesus is.
“Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”