Post offices and banks are closed on Memorial Day. On Easter many children hunt for candy eggs. The 4th of July is a time for fireworks. Thanksgiving is a good day for eating turkey with relatives. These are true statements, but none of them explain the original reason for the holiday. The historic reason for Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
By noticing trees and flowers, the sun, moon, stars, mountains, and amazing facts about our human body we can figure out that there is a God who is super powerful and intelligent. Our conscience reflects a universal law-giver. God sent messengers (prophets and apostles) who spoke truth recorded in the Bible. However, there is a more dramatic communication from God to man. God, the Son, became a human. The historic reason for Christmas is to celebrate the human birth of Jesus. Jesus has always existed, but He hasn’t always had a human body. With God as His father and Mary as His mother, the eternal Son of God became a human baby. He lived as we live. He walked and taught, He wept, He became thirsty and ate meals. He became like us.
There is a major difference between Jesus and us. He has never lied, stolen, or had an evil desire.
We have done such things; we are guilty. We need someone to save us from the consequences of our wrong-doing. Jesus died as payment for our wrong-doing. Think about this – if He had not become human, He could not have died. But He did, and He conquered death.
Christians celebrate the all-time most important gift. “For God so loved the world that He gave ….”
God gave. Have you received? “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become sons of God.” John 1:12