Christmas season is indeed celebrated yet it also remains the most confused. All over the world, one thing that seems to strongly characterize it is indulgence. This is the time of the year where everyone wants to have a good time reveling. It’s a time for family gatherings, meeting people that you haven’t met in a while, eating, drinking, travelling, receiving and giving gifts. But as all this happens, we get lost into the significance of what this season is all about.
Here’s 6 reasons why you should love Christmas for the celebration it really is;
- It’s Good News
When Jesus Christ was born, this is how it was reported “And the angel said to them [the shepherds], “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”” Luke 2:10. The birth of Jesus Christ was not just like any other birth. Here is God coming down, taking on the very nature of man. Jesus means Saviour. He is the one who comes to rescue God’s people from their enemies- the devil, the world and the flesh. Christ means Messiah. He is the anointed one. The one who alone can fulfil all the purposes, promises and intentions of God the Father.
This is good news because he comes to rescue us from our sinfulness and the penalty due our rebellion against God. He’s also defeated that which wars against us- the devil, the world and the flesh. Here’s why this is good news, in Christ Jesus, God is for you and not against you. “that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them…” 2 Cor. 5:19. In Christ, we are reconciled to God, this is good news for you.
- It’s So Relevant Today
God created everything perfect. But man rebelled by disobeying and wanting to make himself god. This led to man (and the rest of creation) bearing the curse and being driven out of the Garden of Eden- away from God’s presence to experience pain, death and decay. But as God was pronouncing this judgment, there was also another promise “The LORD God said to the serpent… “I will out enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”” Gen. 3:15. Herein lies the first gospel proclamation. And the rest of the bible’s story is a looking forward to the seed of the woman crushing the head of the serpent.
The coming of Jesus is thus the central/focal point of the whole bible’s grand narrative. Everything looks forward to it and flows from it. we in the 21st century can look back and see that this scripture was fulfilled in history as the Son of God came down, born of a woman, lived his life on earth in anticipation for the crush of the and crushed the serpent by his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. This is news worth receiving in our times. During this season, we can come to Jesus knowing that in him we have victory over everything including death. We have nothing to fear.
- It Refocuses Your Love
In the gospel according to John, chapter 8, John records an argument Jesus had with the Pharisees (teachers of the law). When Jesus told them that he is the light of the world and that whoever follows him will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life (v.12), they accuse him of being his own witness thus his testimony invalid (v.13). Of course this is not true, for John the Baptist had already come as a forerunner to Jesus confessing that he was not the Christ but “the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” (1:23). The Pharisees simply didn’t believe Jesus by claiming they are Abraham’s descendants (8:33) and that they have God as Father (v.41). Jesus then strongly answers them “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God [the Father] and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me.” John 8:42.
Here’s the thing, Jesus comes from the Father to do the Father’s will. For us to know the Father, we do that through Jesus- he reveals the Father to us. Consequently, for us to love the Father, we have to love Jesus the Son. No one can claim to know, love, worship the Father when they don’t know, love and worship the Son. We thus have to love Jesus and then let this love redefine all our other loves.
Part two coming soon