I love Christmas! Although I hate cold weather, Christmas is my favorite time of year. I’m sure that you’ve heard all of this before. It brings back great childhood memories, it allows me to spend time with family and friends, we give and get presents, and so on, and so on. However there is another reason that I love Christmas; Jesus Christ stepped into history becoming a man in order to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind, a.k.a., you and me.
I’m not sure if many people view Christmas in that light today. But the book of Hebrews explains that the very reason that Christ was born on that Christmas morning is so that He could become man in order to die as payment for sin. The writer of Hebrews states that Jesus Christ became a man “so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9).
Think of it this way; God cannot die. Therefore, Jesus, God the Son, took on humanity in order that in His humanity He could die for us. That’s really why we celebrate Christmas. Hebrews 2:14 and 15 states, “Therefore, since the children (Israel/humanity) share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, so that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” Through His sufferings He became “a merciful and faithful high priest” (Hebrews 2:17), and now “He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted” (2:18).
To answer the question posed in the title, Why Christmas?, we can answer this way: God the Father gave His Son, Jesus as a gift to mankind in order to pay the penalty for sin. Jesus the Son became human on Christmas so He could give His life as the payment for our sin. God the Holy Spirit is now offering the gift of freedom from the penalty of sin based upon the gift given by the Father and Son. Therefore, Christmas is about gifts given from God to man, but His gift is not wrapped with a red bow, but with a crimson stream that flows from Calvary. It is the gift of forgiveness, freedom, and eternal life through Jesus Christ the Son.
Think about these things as you celebrate this Christmas.