When God visited our planet in human flesh, He gave us the assurance that He had not abandoned us or our world. What the angel said to the shepherds is the same thing God is saying to us today—a Savior has come.
About a hundred years after His birth, Jesus reminded us of this truth in Revelation 3:14. As the God-Man, He is the “Amen”—that is, the embodiment of truth itself.
As the son of a carpenter, Jesus had many opportunities to create with His hands. From the trees He created, He now carved and crafted the wood into wonderful creations. As He began ministry, Jesus created wine from water (John 2:1–9).
That’s the story of Christmas, isn’t it? As the angel said, “call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). There it is. He paid the price for our sins.
When we contemplate all that Christ has done for us, as described in these verses and in many others too, the depiction of Him as our Savior is so fitting. This Christmas let’s proclaim wholeheartedly to ourselves and others: Jesus is our Savior!
God’s gift of Jesus shows us how much God loved the world. So as you enjoy the Christmas season, consider how traditions that minimize your focus on self and turn your attention to others can honor the teachings of Jesus, God’s gift.
The baby Jesus is worth so much more than any earthly gift. Christmas presents are enjoyed for a little while; Jesus will be enjoyed for all eternity. Remember this season to sing praises to Jesus, as the angels and the shepherds did. Jesus is worthy of all honor and glory.
This Christmas, when we are encouraged to focus on Jesus, let us consider our own vulnerability and take comfort. While here, Jesus had to depend on the same Heavenly Father as we do. Thankfully, God is faithful.
Herein is the mystery. If the newborn in Mary’s arms is God, then was He at the same time sustaining all the universe? Scholars puzzle as to how this could be.
Paul identifies this two-fold miraculous mirror effect of Christ in 2 Corinthians: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit”
Few could have imagined that Isaiah’s prayer would be answered in a manger in Bethlehem. But it is here, in the arms of Mary and Joseph,
Unfortunately, the man and woman fell from blessing when they chose to obey the serpent (Satan) rather than God (Genesis 3).