Over the last four weeks on Cell Life Church Live, we have been talking about the first advent of Christ. Each week we talked about a different characteristic brought to us by God through Jesus. We spoke of faith, peace, joy, and hope. Traditionally on Christmas the fifth Advent candle, the Christ candle, is lit celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
I never tire of reading the Christmas story found in Luke 2:1-20. It is an amazing story of God taking on human flesh and dwelling among his people.
It has been said that all kings were once babies. However, Jesus was the first and only king who became a baby. How can I say that? Let's look at the scriptures.
We know that Jesus was present with our Heavenly Father at the beginning along with the Holy Spirit. Read John 1:1-5. Jesus is the living word of God. Jesus was present when the Father spoke our universe into existence. Further, John tells us that all things were made through Jesus!
Yet, to cleanse mankind of his sins and unrighteousness, a sacrifice had to be made. A perfect sacrifice could only be made by a perfect man. A perfect man could only come from God. This is what leads us to celebrating the Christ child's birth at Christmas. God sent his own son, Jesus, to be born of a virgin, live a sinless life, and give up that life willfully so we could spend eternity in the presence of God Almighty.
This is what we are celebrating when we celebrate Christmas. We are celebrating Jesus, who as fully God, humbled himself to be born as a baby and be raised as a child to fulfill his divine purpose and redeem all mankind back to God. Think of how much humility Jesus had to have. All of creation was made through him, yet he willingly humbled himself to be born as a baby. He needed to nurse from his mother for nourishment. He needed to wear diapers and learn to talk and to walk. He had to face all those things we face as children and adolescents and learn all of the things we must learn as children and adolescents. Jesus shows us the ultimate humility in bowing down and allowing himself to be limited by human existence.
But we are celebrating Christmas! They celebrated 2000 years ago when he was born too! You just read it a moment ago. A great number of the Heavenly Host, the angels, cried out and praised God. They said, “Glory to God in the highest! Peace and good will to men!” All of Heaven was having a huge party the moment Jesus was born as a baby. That’s what we celebrate at Christmas. It’s a birthday party for Jesus! We give gifts to one another to signify the gifts given to Jesus by the wise men. We come together and worship as the angels did. We gather together and share the good news as the shepherds did when they went into Bethlehem to see the new born king, the Messiah, that the angels told them about.
Birthday parties are such a fun event. We invite our family and friends so we can celebrate with them. We encourage you to do the same thing with Jesus’ birthday. Celebrate! Invite people to celebrate with you! Let the joy that comes through knowing Jesus personally flow out of you. Share the hope of redemption to God and forgiveness of all your sins that Jesus brings with everyone you come in contact with. Have faith and know that Jesus came to save us all from our sin and bring us back into right relationship with God. Rest in the peace Jesus brings to your heart, even while the world crumbles around us. That peace will carry you through many dark days.
This Christmas let us celebrate Jesus like we have never celebrated him before.