We really do not know the exact day of Jesus’ birth. However, on December 25th millions of people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is an annual holiday and one of the most important on the modern Christian calendar. The birth of Jesus is a worthy subject to occupy our minds during any season of the year. Therefore, let us consider the significance of the birth of Christ and what it means to us.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14 ESV) The name Immanuel signified that God would live among men and set up His kingdom. (Isaiah 9:6-7) Micah tells us that a ruler would be born in Bethlehem who would bless Israel and the ends of the earth. (Micah 5:2-5)
Jesus’ name signifies salvation from sin. (Matthew 1:18-21) John the Baptist acknowledged, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 ESV) Jesus’ birth means that God was about to set up His kingdom as promised by the prophets. (2 Samuel 7:12-13, Daniel 2:44)
In Bethlehem, the world was presented with its Savior and Lord. His birth offers peace to those with whom God is pleased. (Luke 2:8-14 ESV) His birth would give light to the Gentiles and glory to Israel while resulting in the fall and rising of many in Israel. (Luke 2:25-35)
Christmas is significant to us because it made possible our salvation from the curse of sin. The birth of Jesus made Easter possible – with the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross – followed by His glorious resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God.
Consider our present culture’s materialistic approach to this celebration. Are we seeking to please God or the world during this Advent season? What should be our response to Jesus’ birth? Are you truly filled with the desire to worship Him in spirit and in truth?