Why should we celebrate Christmas?
As you all know there are two major festivals about to be celebrated shortly, Xmas the world’s version of Christmas but with the Christ taken out of it, includes Santa, Xmas, reindeer, snowmen, Christmas cards, tinsel, stockings etc.
For many Xmas is a time of some happiness but Xmas is a very pale imitation of the real Christmas, the celebration of the birth of the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. As we reflect on the birth of our Saviour today, I pray that immense joy will be your portion today and forever.
Let us look at the occasion of the giving of God’s greatest gift to humanity.
Verse 10; Good news of a great joy for all the people
Verse 11; What is this good news that brings great joy, a Saviour, the Saviour of all mankind has been born. After some 4,000 years the promised seed of the woman who would bruise (strike a deathblow to) the serpent's head had arrived.
Verse 25-32; The consolation of Israel, the Saviour has come to comfort and encourage the few righteous.
The long-promised Messiah, the anointed one had come.
Isaiah 9:2-3, 6-7
The promised child called Mighty God
That God had become a man, God with us Immanuel.
The Eternal Word was made flesh. In the fullness of time, in the exact place named by the prophet Micah that which the blessed Mary conceived of the Holy Spirit was born.
Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God was born.
About the Saviour
So the goods news of great joy was, and is, that the Saviour of all humanity has been born.
A Saviour has been born; To save us from the wrath to come.
A Saviour has been born; To save us from eternal separation from God.
A Saviour has been born, Who restores our souls.
A Saviour has been born, Who delivers his people from evil.
A Saviour has been born, Who gives eternal life to his people.
A Saviour has been born, Who brings justice and righteousness.
A Saviour has been born, Who purchased us by the Holy sinless blood of his cross.
A Saviour has been born, Who delivers us from the penalty of sin, the power of sin, from the presence of sin.
A Saviour for all humanity, for all who have sinned [Romans 3:23].
That Saviour is Jesus Christ the Lord.
Romans 5:6-11; The Saviour came at the right time to die for our sins, rebellion, unbelief, disobedience.
A Saviour Jesus Christ who saves through His blood.
A Saviour who saves us from wrath of God.
A Saviour who brings the reconciliation of sinful man to God.
So what are we going to do with this good news?
Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
We can tell them how this good news of Jesus can be theirs.
We can tell them it’s for all people.
We can tell them God is making Jews jealous through this gospel.
The Saviour, God made man, came to die for their sins and whoever will call upon him will be saved.
That Saviour is Jesus Christ.
Let us celebrate today the good news of the Gospel of Jesus, as partakers in it and also be sharing the good news.