Listen to this devotional:
Matthew 2:1 – Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. (KJV)
We've approached a time of bustle — shopping, baking, holiday greetings, and home for Christmas. Why? Why are we celebrating Christmas?
How would the average person answer that question? Tradition? Family? Love for hearth and home?
Let's go back to the first Christmas: a baby in a stall, and the most incredible statement ever spoken: "Jesus was born." The "image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature" who "is before all things, and by him all things consist" (Colossians 1:15,17 KJV) was born. God "was made flesh, and dwelt among us"! (John 1:14a KJV)
He was made flesh. The blood of God's Son was the only blood that would be sufficient to fully atone for man's sin, so a body was prepared for Him. Suddenly, God could bleed. Thirty-three years later, He bled on a cross, and His death satisfied God's perfect justice.
He dwelt among us. He didn't arrive as a full-grown man for the hour of crucifixion only. He came as a baby, so He could dwell "among us". This means that He "was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin". (Hebrews 4:15b KJV). No disappointment, grief, trial, or overwhelming temptation we experience is foreign to Him. He associated Himself with everyone and sinlessly dwelt among us.
Horatius Bonar once wrote:
- Upon a life I did not live,
Upon a death I did not die;
Another's life, Another's death,
I stake my whole eternity.
You and I can say that, too, because "Jesus was born."
That's why we're celebrating Christmas.
Prayer: Father, thank You for the anticipation of eternity because Your Son was born and accomplished all that was necessary for us to be there with You. In His name, we pray. Amen.