There never would have been a Christmas without Christ. Yet before He came to this earth, He was somewhere and something else:
In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was [continually existing] in the beginning [co-eternally] with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being. In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men. Jn. 1:1 – 4. AMP
And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] begotten Son of the Father; [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception). Jn. 1:14 AMP
What do we see? Christ is the only begotten Son of God and He was begotten before time, when there was nothing but God. So, no one else had anything to do with this special creation. Thus, Christ was created (for the lack of a human descriptive) from the essence of God Himself.
Given that is so, Christ is every bit as God-like as His Father – a Spirit Being; but that was to change:
He is the exact living image [the essential manifestation] of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible], the firstborn [the preeminent one, the sovereign, and the originator] of all creation. Col. 1:15 AMP
That ‘visible representation’ did not manifest until God sent Christ to Earth:
…although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes – the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]; but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man]. Phil. 2:5 – 7. AMP
Why did God send His Son?
For God so loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. Jn. 3:16 CSB
You see, ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, God had a plan to save sinful humankind, because they could not do it themselves.
What happened next? Ahh, that is the beginning of Christmas:
It began when God sent the angel Gabriel to an elderly priest by the name of Zacharias, husband of Elizabeth, who had prayed for a long time for children:
…the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John…He will be filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb. He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.” Lk. 1:13 – 16. CSB
Of course, we are talking about John the Baptist, the co-existing herald of Christ’s coming.
Six months into John’s gestation, Gabriel returns, but this time to a virgin named Mary, and he said:
“…you have found favor with God…You will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and eminent and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end…The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a cloud]; for that reason the holy (pure, sinless) Child shall be called the Son of God.” Lk. 1:30 – 33 & 35. AMP
God is meticulously directing the chain of events for the most blessed gift to humankind – the ‘Christmas’ birth of the sinless incarnation of the Son of God, sinless because He was born to a virgin – thus avoiding the delegation of the original sin passed generationally through man.
When John the Baptist is born, God steps in again, by stirring up his father Zacharias to prophesy about the coming of the Messiah by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit:
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, and He has raised up a horn of salvation for us…” Lk. 1:68, 69. NASB
Redemption, pardon, salvation – a chance to be reborn…
When Mary’s pregnancy became obvious, Joseph, her intended husband, began to have thoughts of sending her away. But God steps in again to form the family structure so that His Son can experience what it means to be completely human. He appears to Joseph in a dream:
“…do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Mt. 1:20, 21. NASB
Saved from our sins…
Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to pay their taxes. They sought lodging but there was none to be had. The only place they found to sleep was in a barn. Such a place of humility for the birth of our glorious Savior. It was the moment that the Love of God came to live amongst His creations.
Simultaneously, God sends His angels to proclaim the significance of the birth to nearby shepherds:
And an angel suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them…the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people; for today in the city of David there has been born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”…And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Lk. 2:9 -11, 13, 14. NASB
Within a few days, the baby Jesus was brought to the temple in Jerusalem to be dedicated to the Lord. In the audience was a man named Simeon, who was led there by the Holy Spirit, and being filled with the Spirit, took Jesus in his arms and proclaimed:
“For my eyes have seen your Salvation, which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles [to disclose what was previously unknown], and [to bring] the praise and honor and glory of Your people Israel.” Lk. 2:30 – 32. AMP
Revelation of the Good News to all people…
News of the Christ Child’s birth spread far and wide. A star in the east had appeared to guide three magi (wise men, sages, wizards) in that region to Him. When they entered Judea, King Herod gathered them to him and asked them to report Jesus’ whereabouts when they returned, so that he too might worship Him. What Herod was really doing was plotting to kill baby Jesus, as he had heard that this Child was destined to become the ruler over Israel – usurping his throne.
And yet, God had a mission for His Son, and He will have it completed. After the magi worshipped the Son of God, Jehovah warned them in a dream not to return to Herod, but to take an alternate route.
At the same time, God sent an angel to Joseph in a dream as a warning:
“Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt., and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.” Mt. 2:13 NASB
So, Jesus and family remained safe in Egypt, when King Herod came to Bethlehem, angry, because he knew the magi had tricked him; and he ordered all the male children 2 years of age and under killed.
Later, when King Herod died, God sent angel in a dream to Joseph, who instructed him to bring his family back to Israel to live in the city of Nazareth.
And so, the Son of God was preserved for our sakes. What happened next?
And the Child continued to grow and become strong [in spirit], filled with wisdom; and the grace (favor, spiritual blessing) of God was upon Him. Lk. 2:40 AMP
And so, this is Christmas because Christ is Christmas, by virtue of His birth. We celebrate because Jesus is the love of God, even God incarnate, who came to save us from ourselves. Through that birth, the greatest event in history, we got to see God, learn from God and feel His unconditional love.
The Son of God took on human form, (the Son of Man), so that He could empathize with our fears, desires, anxieties, temptations and our frailties, and yet He remained sinless in the face of His sufferings at the hands of humans.
Christmas reminds us that we have fallen far away from the pure image of God that we were created to be; yet God sent His Son to redeem us to Him that we may be cleansed from our self-induced tarnish and glow anew.
Jesus came to bring peace to our souls by removing the fractionation of them through our dissatisfaction in life, that is birthed out of the lies of the enemy. He did not come to condemn us is our wayward behavior, but to show us the way out. How? By revealing God’s truth so that we can shrug off the lies that bind us and be free of our old selves.
God moved heaven and earth to bring our Christmas Christ Savior. When Jesus grew into a man, He stepped into God’s foreordained 3-year ministry, where He taught God’s words of love and salvation, worked miracles to demonstrate the veracity of who He was, opposed the religious charlatans of His day, and at the end of it all, He laid His life down for all of us. Was it enough? What did Christ say as He died (so that we may live) upon the cross?
“It is finished!” And He bowed His head and [voluntarily] gave up His Spirit.” Jn. 19:30 AMP
Did it work?
…the righteousness of God has been manifested…the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood… Rm. 3:21 – 25. ESV
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Cor. 15:22 ESV
There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. Rm. 8:1, 2. NASB
Resoundingly yes, it worked! Free from our sins to live an eternal life in paradise with the Father and the Son and all the children of God.
Christ is Christmas. That’s why we celebrate it!
Goodnight and God bless.