Why We Celebrate Christmas

11297In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was good. On the sixth day, as a final act, the LORD created his very finest – Adam and Eve, to enjoy his creation.

And they did.

God intended for man to live forever but He loved man so much that He did not want Adam and Eve to worship him by force, but rather, by choice. He wanted a relationship with his finest creation of all. And it was this same freedom, which God gave to man, that Lucifer took advantage of in the form of a serpent.

Adam and Eve made the decision to stray from God’s commandment by listening to the lies of the devil, and from that point on the process of death had begun. Man no longer lived forever, but would have to die. Man’s attempts to be righteous before God would be no better than filthy rags. All the Law of Moses ever did was reveal how deeply sinful we could be.

We all need a saviour. Someone to cleanse us of our sins. With sin in our lives we would not be able live forever.

The Israelites pushed judgment back by sacrificing animals, however this would never be enough. Men are above the animals, and an animal sacrifice could never forgive our sins. Yet there has never been a man who has lived a righteous life to cover our sins. For all have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God.

Such a situation must have hurt the LORD – Who had created us in his own image. We were made to worship Him, yet we chose to worship other things instead. But God loves us so much, and considers every single one of us of such high worth, that He made a way of escape, a way for us to overcome death.

And that is through Jesus Christ.

christ-birth-star_1920x1200_16435Our Lord Jesus was born in Bethlehem, an unremarkable place that would’ve been considered backwards in it’s time. Not only that, but in a stable – full of animals, and the only resting place being a manger, in other words: a feeding trough.

Hardly what anyone would consider befitting for the arrival of our saviour. Yet it was necessary, as all that were looking forward to the arrival of their King knew that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. Those who were wise knew the LORD would give a sign: “Behold, a virgin will be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and she will call his name EMMANUEL, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

So God became man. He dwelt among us. The same God who created the heavens and the earth, all the animals of the air, land and sea, the God who provides all of our needs, our healer…”made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”

God didn’t need to come to us. He could simply have left us to die. God spoke the world into existence, and He could just as easily speak it away. But He didn’t. Because above all things, He desires for us to know Him and worship Him. The LORD wants a relationship with you and me.

We know from God’s Word that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins. The only problem was an animal’s blood was never enough, and man’s blood was tainted. We cannot save ourselves, so God had to shed His blood for us. He so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The LORD loves us so much that he would come down from heaven, be born of flesh, to shed blood for our sins. To restore us to eternal life even though we have done nothing to deserve it.

That’s why we celebrate Christmas.

This is a blog post from Keith Chow, a primary school teacher and national director of Bible Quizzing for the UPCA.