Christ Jesus came to Save Sinners

Jesus in a Manger   Christmas is about family and friends, gifts and decorations, parties and special activities. We get together with family we haven’t seen much throughout the
year. We send out our Christmas greetings to those we won’t see at all this year. We spend time and money on gifts for those around us. We enjoy watching our children perform at the church and school Christmas programs. For most of us Christmas is a good and enjoyable time.

The Bible notes the coming of Jesus into our world with joy and celebration as well. The actual event of Jesus birth is celebrated, all be it in a somewhat limited manner.

Remember the celebration of the angels in announcing Jesus birth. “Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). Then following this announcement “Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13-14).
 
Remember the celebration of the shepherds after they had seen Jesus. “So the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; everything was just as they had been told.” (Luke 2:20).

Remember the celebration of Simeon and Anna as Jesus was brought to the temple by Joseph and Mary (read Luke 2:25-38). They gave thanks to God for Jesus coming into the world.

Remember the response of the wise men, sometime later, when they finally reached Jesus. “After listening to the king they left, and once again the star they saw when it rose led them until it stopped above the place where the child was. When they saw the star they shouted joyfully. As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, they bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:9-11).

Clearly there is celebration and should be celebration at Christmas time. However, there is also another very significant aspect of Christmas that cannot be missed. This is not a feel good aspect of Christmas, but it is the most important aspect of Christmas. Christmas also reminds us that there is something wrong with us, that only Jesus was able to deal with.

All of us have experienced a broken relationship with God and only Jesus is able to fix that relationship. So Jesus came into the world to do just that. There are several verses in the Bible that tell us that Jesus came to do this for us. 1 Timothy 1:15 may say it the best, “This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”

He, of course, did that some thirty years later as He died on the cross as a substitute for everyone else, was buried in a tomb for three days and then arose from the grave, coming back to life in triumph over sin and death.

This victory is available to everyone who will trust in Jesus as the One and the only One who can fix our broken relationship with God. Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6).

So as you celebrate Christmas and all the things that you include in your celebration, remember to stop and evaluate your response to Jesus’s reason for coming into this world. Make certain that your relationship with God has been dealt with and then you will have the greatest reason to celebrate Christmas.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).