Are You Amazed by Christmas?1
Christmas is the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. But we would do better to think about Christmas as the incarnation of God, who has come to reconcile sinners to Himself. You may have heard it said, and it is true: “Jesus is not a part of the story of Christmas. Christmas is a part of the story of Jesus.” This Christmas day, like so many of you, I am enjoying time with my family. I have been blessed to watch my wife and children enjoy the giving of presents. I have been blessed to see their thoughtfulness and love for me in the gifts they have given to me. But this is but a small part of Christmas. The great part of Christmas is to know what my heavenly Father has given me in the gift of His Son, my Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus became man because it was the only way that I could be brought to God. I use that exclusive language intentionally. Not because I am more important than other sinners, but because Jesus is not merely a generic savior. He is my Savior. Do you know Jesus as your Savior? If you do, then in spite of whatever trials or challenges you have in your life, you can rest assured in Jesus. If you do not, then there is no better day than Christmas Day to trust in Jesus and to find the hope and peace that you seek. It is amazing what God has done in Christmas. He has solved the greatest problem the world will ever know – how can God be just, and yet justify sinners. He has solved it in the appearance of the babe, the babe in the manger who would grow to go to the cross. May the Lord bless you richly with that Christmas spirit.
The incarnation means more than just Jesus in a manger. In this brief clip, Sinclair Ferguson describes just how overwhelming the incarnation is. pic.twitter.com/B5bqYRo927— Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) December 25, 2019