It all started with the birth of baby Jesus.
He came as a baby, through a virgin, into this world to redeem a people- God’s people – the ones who were called by his name.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16, ESV
The holiday, Christmas, is a celebration of the birth of Jesus.
Today, this holiday has been warped into meaning Santa Claus and elves, reindeer, and the giving of gifts and presents. But the true meaning of Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ.
Throughout the Old Testament, the birth of Jesus Christ had been prophesied:
In the book of Isaiah, it reads,
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14, 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.” – Isaiah 9:6, ESV
The birth of Jesus Christ has been talked about in great detail by many prophets before Jesus actually came to Earth. Even more magnificent than this, God himself had foretold of Jesus’s existence before he actually came to be.
From the very beginning of time, God knew what would come of Adam and Eve in the garden, and He also knew what would come of mankind after this sin. God planned from the very beginning to redeem mankind – through the death of his son Jesus.
When you read the stories of the Old Testament, with the Holy Spirit leading and guiding you into all knowledge, God will reveal to you his plans from the very start.
God used these stories of old to prepare us for the arrival of King Jesus. And because of the promise that Jesus’s life meant for us, we celebrate this precious time of remembrance, of his birth – the Ultimate gift- the gift of love and salvation. That because of this gift of life, we now have life in Christ and complete access to the father. Hallelujah!
What an honor it is to be able to celebrate the birthing of Jesus Christ.
With this mindset of appreciation, my hope for you is to remember Jesus. Remember the God who gave us life and redeemed what mankind messed up. What a privilege it is to honor God.
Thank God for his grace and mercy for the forgiveness of our sins, and for adopting us into his heavenly kingdom – his heavenly family.
I hope you and your family have a blessed holiday of remembrance this year.
Grace and peace fam.