And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. – Luke 1:31-33
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. – Matthew 1:20-21
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. – John 3:16-17
We always talk about the babe in the manger and the true reason for the season. Just about every Christian can tell you: Christ being born. While that is so absolutely true, should we not focus also or maybe even more so on the reason of why this babe in a manger is the “reason for the season?” Love.
It is the love of the Father for His creation that spurred Him to send His Son through the birth of little child. Have Him to grow as part of that creation, yet do so perfectly. All for the purpose of becoming the final sacrifice to be offered for the disobedience of that creation.
It is the love of the Father that spurred His Son to accept the role of Savior knowing full well that the road would lead to excruciating pain and anguish. But in the end would be held in perfect and highest honor beside the throne of His Father.
It is the love of the Father that should spur us to turn to Him and accept His gift of love for us: salvation. He has offered it; we need but accept it. That love must drive us to our knees in prayer, to our chairs for study, and to our feet for proclaiming!
Think through and study the true meaning of Christmas over these coming days and then go forth and live it as He designed it.