I just want to send a quick greeting to everyone this Christmas. I have shared in the past that Christmas isn’t Jesus’ likely date of birth, but I celebrate the most wonderful and amazing event in all of history on this day anyways. I don’t think it is wrong to celebrate on this date do long as we know the truth of Jesus’ nativity and more importantly why it is so important.
This day is a celebration of an event more important than any event in human history, including our creation and salvation if you ask me. On a personal level the Cross and Resurrection are more important, but consider that this event is a celebration of the first step on the road to the cross and it makes it as important as any other step. Add to it that this is the first and only time in all of history that God put on humanity and it is more powerful than any single step in the path to our redemption.
Philipians 2:5-11 says it like this:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
He was everything and yet made himself nothing. In a sheer cost analysis, we are saying that today we are celebrating the most expensive gift ever given. Today we celebrate the gift of a baby that cost infinity so that we might have everything we never deserved.