Is Christmas meant to celebrate the coming of Jesus into human history?
The reason we celebrate the coming of Jesus is because of what he did on the cross about 30 years after his birth. More than that... That what he did on the cross had any meaning because of who He is.
In other words, if this man, Jesus, was born 2,000 years ago and lived for about 30 years and died, and that was it, end of story, then we would have nothing to celebrate.
But He wasn't just some ordinary man.
If we are celebrating the birth of Jesus, we are only celebrating because of who He is. To celebrate only baby Jesus is to forget exactly who he is and why he came.
The book of Isaiah includes all aspects of Jesus’ life.
The most famous of all chapters in Isaiah about Jesus, chapter 9 reads about a child being born to us.
And then the prophet describes who this child is.
Isaiah 53:2 says, “For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground.”
This prophecy goes on to say in, “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities” (v. 5). The chapter ends with this: “Yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors” (v. 12).
Who is this Jesus then?
He is God with us.
Our King has come, Immanuel, Prince of Peace.
'Peace among those with whom he is pleased' only happens when those who claim to follow, live it out.
This Christmas, the greatest gift we can accept is the peace of Christ as our Lord and Savior. I pray you would find His presence in your life as the peace the passes all understanding. His comfort and love that overflow us.
This Christmas, the greatest gift we can give is peace. Compassion to those who need it. Love to those who desire it. Forgiveness to those who don't deserve it.
I am a broken, weary sinner who joins a weary world rejoicing that Jesus is coming, that Love comes down --- and that the deep relief that Christmas and Christ brings, which is our only hope, is coming and this is the most glorious news that has ever really happened.
Immanuel, God is with us, let us live like it.