The Real Meaning of Christmas
“The divine babe of the manger is the one who would die on a cross, and was raised on the third day. Christmas is inseparable from Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.”
- Dr. Al Mohler
During the time of year that is purportedly set aside to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I find it quite interesting that very often it is nothing of the sort. There is a commercialism that has shrouded the intent of the holiday that highlights materialism and gluttony as opposed to the Advent of Christ into the earth realm. Even beyond the gross commercialism, however, there is a general skewed focus that emphasizes a visual construct of a baby in a manger with very little consideration for what His entrance into our existence really meant.
God gave a prophetic promise regarding the miraculous birth of His Son, and our Savior, which quite summarily encapsulates the reason why we celebrate Christmas. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15 NIV). When Adam and Eve fell in the Garden of Eden it was the darkest hour in human existence. Yet in the midst of this dark and hopeless context, God pronounces the coming of a Savior who would defeat the diabolical adversary who sought to permanently separate God and man. Thousands of years later the Word would become flesh and dwell among us (John 1:14) as the “Seed of the woman” was born in a barn outside of an inn in Bethlehem. Divinely conceived by the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ would render Himself the perfect sacrifice for our sins and reconcile us to God that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. By His redemptive work He reconciled us to God, disempowered Satan, and defeated the power of sin in our lives.
It is this rebirth as sons and daughters of God wrought by the finished work of Christ that is the reason we celebrate His birth. This season of Advent should always remind us of why He came and what was wrought by His coming. We have peace with God because He came! We have fellowship with God because He came! We have been adopted as sons and daughters of God, because He came! We have perpetual unbroken relationship with God because He came! We enjoy sweet victory and triumph over Satan because He came! The real meaning of Christmas is inextricably connected to the Person and Work of Jesus the Christ!
I challenge you to allow the true meaning of Christmas to inform how you navigate this season. Enjoy this time with your family and loved ones. Exchange gifts and be generous. All of those things are appropriate for the season. Be ever mindful, however, that the fullness of life that we enjoy and have access to is made possible because one day He sent His Son to dwell among us, redeem us, and defeat an enemy whose mission was to doom us eternally. The celebration of the birth of our Savior takes on a deeper meaning when viewed through those lenses.