Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the birth of the only living God.
When I was able to put into perspective what happens when we are born into life on this earth, it helped me understand more fully the importance of the birth of Jesus.
Nothing is certain at a person’s birth. It is all right to have dreams and aspirations, but we know that all of our plans bear the mark of uncertainty. In fact, the only thing that is certain about life, is death itself. The only uncertainty about death, is the “when”. In one sense our birth does not only signal a start to life, it also signals the beginning of a march towards death. From the first breath we draw, “death” is written across our lives. Charles Spurgeon said, “The moment we start to live, we begin to die. Death is the end of dying, not the end of living.”
A bigger, more amazing reality to consider is that there is another moment in life where eternal life begins. That is the crucial moment that I as a broken, mortal, sinful being, accept God’s solution to my problem, which is when I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. The moment I do that, I experience a new “birth”, a birth into eternal life. A young preacher once said at an open grave: “The most important moments in a person’s life are the first moments after death”. This is when every person who ever lived on earth confronts the reality of what they believed or did not believe in this life was both true and worthwhile, or not. Imagine how intensely gratifying these moments will be for those who realise that what the Bible taught was true, their salvation through Christ is genuine, their dedication and faith worthwhile.
More than two thousand years ago a baby was born in a manger in an event that changed the world. This boy-child, Jesus, is the promised Messiah who stepped down from Heaven to be born as a baby, live a sinless life and willingly give His life as the Perfect Lamb of God to pay a debt of sin that He did not owe. As foretold in the Scriptures, He did this for you, He did this for me and He did this for the whole world. When we believe this simple truth, Jesus’ payment for sin is credited to our account and we are promised eternal life. This is why Christmas is so very special! The birth of Jesus Christ signifies the birth of a Saviour.
Let us all unwrap this amazing gift anew this Christmas — the gift of life in Jesus Christ — the “birth” of life eternal.