This is my 12th post in my 12 blogs of Christmas. Thank you for reading my blog and especially thank you if you left a comment along the way.
So today’s post is ‘why Christmas?’ That’s a good question. Why do Christians celebrate Christmas? The reason for the season is Jesus, but why was Jesus born and why is that event important?
Some people agree that Jesus was a great teacher and a wonderful man who set a great example for living. I believe that 100%, but Jesus had to be more than that. There are many examples in history of great teachers who set great examples: Abraham, Solomon, Mother Theresa, Billy Graham. What differentiates Jesus from these people? Well, Jesus claimed to not only be a great guy, but the son of God. These people listed above never claimed to be God, only messengers or servants of God.
Why did we need the son of God to be born? Isn’t it enough to have great teachers and great people among us? Well, if you are familiar with the bible and the Old Testament you may remember reading that the chosen people, Jewish men and women descendents of Abraham, spent a lot of time sacrificing animals for the forgiveness of sins. There were also a lot of prophecies about a Messiah coming to earth to rescue the Israelis. Christians believe that Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, and his subsequent death by crucifixion, was the fulfillment of those Messiah prophecies. Jesus had to be born, only to be sacrificed to atone for the people’s sin and to bring, once and for all, the end of the need for animal sacrifice for forgiveness of sin.
So that’s pretty heavy stuff, so let me put it another way. We were created by God to be in relationship with God. We all sin and fall short of the standard of perfection. We need a way to be forgiven of our sin to be in relationship with God. God cannot be in relationship with sinners (see above.) So Jesus came to earth to atone for our sin. That word atone simply means that he became the substitute for the animal sacrifice. His sacrifice made it possible for all our sins to be forgiven (past, present and future.)
So, in order for us to be in relationship with God (for now and in the future in heaven) we need to accept the sacrifice of Jesus. That puts us in right relationship with God and enables us to live with God now and forever (heaven.)
Many of us want to make ourselves right with God by ourselves, without Jesus. We try to do good things and hope our good things out way our bad things, but what we fail to realize is that we can’t erase the bad things with good things. We need to erase the bad things with the forgiveness that comes from Jesus. We cannot do it alone.