“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
As the holiday season is upon us, there is a need for much reflection. Many people around the world are awaiting for December 25th as the “celebration” of Jesus birth. Some families will be reunited with gifts, hugs and laughter to be exchanged. It truly seems like a time when hearts are open to one another full of love, joy, hope, mercy, forgiveness and acceptance.
For all Christendom the focus of this season is centered around a babe lying in a manger inside a barn wrapped in swaddling cloth. While that humble scene was the way our Saviour came into the world, let not our focus stay on just the arrival of that sweet little baby. Matthew 1:21 states the purpose of why that little baby came into the world… “[a]nd she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.” The birth of Jesus didn’t occur just so another couple could have a darling new baby, but He was born with a purpose. His purpose was to save people from their sins. Jesus was born as “[…] the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” – John 1:29
A shift in attention is needed during this season. While the mystery of Jesus’ birth was an amazing feat, our mind must fixate on WHY Jesus had to come. He had to come to save people from their sins…“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” – Romans 5:19 Jesus had come to the earth to be an example of how we can live a life of obedience and continual overcoming in childhood through youth, and through adulthood. He then conquered sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:51-57), so that if we remain faithful and follow His example we too can inherit eternal life (1 Timothy 6:11-12).
One of the most beautiful aspects about Jesus coming to the earth is found in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God sent Jesus to the earth not even knowing if anyone would accept the sacrificial offering of His life on the cross. Jesus came and died for the whole world, for each and every one of us and our family members not even knowing if we would love Him in return. He did it all in the hope that at least ONE person might accept Him as their Lord and Savior. That at least ONE person might accept His sacrifice. That at least ONE person by faith may lay hold on all the promises found in His word, so that they too may live a life of continual overcoming. Jesus came as a baby, “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52) and then in His adulthood was crucified all in hope that at least ONE person would come to live again with Him in glory. That thought is definitely something to celebrate, not just during the month of December but for eternity.