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Why I Celebrate
by Jenny on December 22nd, 2017

I love Christmas. LOVE it! I think most of us do. But sometimes I get so caught up in the festivities of the season--fun music, yummy candle scents, new coffee flavors, fake snow (that's the best we can do in Texas), gift-buying, dancing lights, more sugar than should ever be allowed--that I forget why I celebrate Christmas. We celebrate Martin Luther King Day to honor the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King. We celebrate President's Day to honor and remember the lives of past presidents. We celebrate Veteran's Day to honor and remember Veterans. And just as this holiday carries His holy name, how much more should we celebrate Christ on Christmas.

Two of the first four books in the New Testament part of the Bible contain details of Jesus' birth as well as details from the weeks and months that followed. As I mentioned in a previous post, much of the Old Testament part of the Bible speaks to the birth of Christ too. But one of my favorite verses about Christmas is found in another New Testament book-- the book of Hebrews.

The writer of Hebrews explains that in order for Jesus to help us--you and me--He had to become like us. Scripture teaches that Jesus existed long before Christmas. John 1:1 reads, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning." Who or what is the Word? Verse 14 tells us, "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us."

Jesus is the Word. He existed long before Christmas but in order to help us, He had to become flesh and blood like us (Hebrews 2:14). Jesus became like us on Christmas Day.

What did Jesus come to help us with? To start simple, He helps us endure suffering and temptation in a way that honors God. Hebrews 2:18 says, "Since He Himself has gone through suffering and testing, He is able to help us when we are being tested."  Because He was born a baby on Christmas Day, He lived on Earth like we live. He faced greater temptations than we will ever face. He suffered more than any of us will ever suffer. And because He endured testing and suffering, He knows how to help us endure testing and suffering.

Reason #1: He came to live LIKE us.

Because of Christmas, Jesus can help me with everyday life but He also came on Christmas Day to help me with a greater need; a need that seemed so "natural" to me I lived unaware; the need for the salvation of my soul.

Hebrews 2:14-15 also explains that, "Only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could He set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying."

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul describes our human condition without Christ as this, "Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world.a He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God." Though I really don't like to think that I was once under the power of the enemy, Scripture tells me it was so. But because Jesus came to Earth on Christmas Day, and because 33 years later He would die on a cross after living a sinless life, He broke the power of the evil one. My sin separated me from God. But by dying, Jesus absorbed the consequence of death for me. I MUST be reconciled to God by professing my FAITH, my belief in Christ. But if I do, I no longer need to fear death. My flesh will eventually give out. But my soul will live forever with God and with Christ.

Reason #2: He came to die FOR us.

These two life accomplishments give me ample reason to celebrate Christ on His day, but John captures another simple yet profound reason for me to celebrate. In John 14:9 Jesus said, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father." Though God is omnipresent, meaning He is everywhere all the time, no one has seen God. John writes previously in his book, "No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is Himself God, is near to the Father's heart. He has revealed God to us." (John 1:18)

I want to know my Father. I want to walk in close relationship to the One who made me (Psalm 139), the One who planned for me (Jeremiah 29), the One who promises to give me strength (Habakkuk 3:19), the One who promises to meet my every need (Philippians 4:19). Though the Father may seem distant at times, He isn't. He promised to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). And He sealed that promise by sending Christ, His Son at Christmas.

Reason #3: He came to reveal the Father TO us.

Our family's Christmas celebrations begin tomorrow. And while I will enjoy all the festivities--the music, the sights, the smells, the flavors, the presents--may I also remember the real reason why I celebrate.

Thank you, Jesus. On Christmas, we honor and remember You.



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Christy Miller - December 24th, 2017 at 11:14 AM
%uD83D%uDE4F Well said DIL !
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