But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8
Luke 2:1-6, Romans 6:1-14, Romans 8:1-4
The Birth of Jesus
The birth of Jesus is a significant event because God willingly gave up His Son for mankind. When Jesus was born, God knew what the end was going to hold. Mary and Joseph had no idea what it would look like to raise the Messiah as their son, but they trusted God that it was going to work out. God knew how Jesus was going to grow up and eventually die on the cross in order to save humanity. But God sent His Son anyway, because of His great love for us.
Many times we read through the Christmas story without realizing the bigger picture. Jesus did not just come to do some miracles or to give good teachings. He came to completely change the Israelites religion and belief system. Even though the Messiah had been prophesied about many times, the coming of the Messiah changed how people accessed God. There is no more need for animal sacrifices because Jesus was that sacrifice for us. There is no need to follow all 612 commandments in the Old Testament because Jesus came and completed the law. Now we do not live according to the law, but according to grace. Paul explains this in Romans 6 and Romans 8. Jesus completely transformed how people understood and related to God.
When we read the Christmas story, it is important to know the details of Jesus’ birth and the miracles that followed. It is even more important to understand how much Jesus changed the world through His life, death and resurrection. We need to realize how different our relationship with God is now, compared to what it used to be. And we need to live our lives differently. We now have unrestricted access to the creator of the universe. We now have complete forgiveness and eternal life because of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Jesus is my savior.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
1. What did a relationship with God look like in the Old Testament?
2. What does a relationship with God look like now, after Jesus’ death?
3. How do I live my life differently because of God’s love?