It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but why? Is it because there are Christmas trees everywhere, that the air is filled with the distinct smell of cinnamon and pumpkin or that the sounds of Christmas carols can be heard around every corner? Is it because families come together, grandparents, parents, children and sometimes even a great grandparent, to exchange gifts and wish each other well for the next year? Is it because we say “Merry Christmas” to everyone including total strangers? No! It is not.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, because it commemorates the birth of Jesus, the saviour of the world. Jesus who so freely gave up his place at the right hand of the Father in heaven to come and live, fully as a man, amongst us, and then to die for our sins. Jesus who went around teaching, preaching and performing miracles. Jesus who became the atonement, who fulfilled the prophecies and who saves us from the grip of death.
It is the most wonderful time of the year because without the birth of Jesus we would not have access to the Father. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Here are a few scriptures that remind us what Christmas is really about:
1. Isaiah 9:6 ESV
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
2. John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
3. Matthew 1:18-25 ESV
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet
4. John 1:14 ESV
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
5. Matthew 2:11 ESV
And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
6. Acts 20:35 ESV
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
7. Isaiah 7:14 ESV
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
8. James 1:17 ESV
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
9. Matthew 2:1-12 ESV
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet
10. Luke 1:46-47 ESV
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
The day that Jesus was born, everything changed. Before Jesus, God’s people only had access to the Father through the high priest. They only knew what God was saying through a prophet and there was 400 years of radio silence before Jesus was born. God broke that silence in a dramatic and miraculous way, by sending is one, only Son.
Jesus agreed to live the life of a man, devoid of all his might and power. Jesus, through his time on earth, modelled for us what a life fully surrendered to God looks like. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because what the Father does, so the Son does also.” (John 5:19)
Through Jesus we are not only saved and have eternal life, through Jesus we have access to the Father. We have authority and we are free from the chains of fear and sin. Jesus’ birth gave us all of that and THAT is why Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.