Read Luke 2:1–20.
Go ahead. I know you’ve read this passage before. You may think you’ve memorized every detail of the Christmas story. But since we know God’s Word is a living book (Hebrews 4:12), I think He can show us this passage with new eyes and teach us something new about His birth.
So . . . go ahead. Dig out your Bible, and read the story of Jesus’ birth. I’ll wait.
A long trip. A manger. A crowded city. Visitors who came directly from fields filled with sheep. These are the familiar images of Christmas. But this is not just a cute script written for children’s choirs. This is the way that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16) chose to begin His rescue mission for us.
In Luke 2:10–11 the angel put it this way, “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
Our King didn’t just come to rescue a few. News of His arrival didn’t stop with the shepherds. Jesus came to bring good news to all people. That includes you and me.
What is the good news? That Jesus was willing to do whatever it took to become our Savior. What did He save us from? That is the question you should be asking this Christmas season.
Matthew 1:21 says, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
Second Timothy 1:9–10 says, “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
Weave these passages into the story of Christ’s birth and be reminded of the state of the kingdom before Jesus came. Everyone needed a permanent remedy for their sin problem. And we needed to be saved from the spiritual death that sin inevitably leads to. When things were getting bad in the kingdom, God didn’t just sent a message. He didn’t use couriers to announce a royal edict. He came himself with a message of hope. He was the message we needed.
This doesn’t make for a cute Christmas card, but I want to remind you that you are a sinner. Because of your sin you deserve death, but Jesus chose to wrap Himself in humility, in weakness, and in humanity to save you. That’s what Christmas is really about.
This week, will you take some time to reflect on the state of your life without Jesus? What has He already saved you from? In what corners of your heart do you still need Him to work?
In fact, I’d like to encourage you to start a new Christmas tradition. Take some time to write Jesus a letter thanking Him for saving you from your sin. Confess current sin to Him, and ask Him to give you victory over it in the coming year. Reflect on what your life was like before you acknowledged Him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The Bible teaches that God wants to forgive you, even at the cost of His only Son. Now that’s good news.