Christmas is About Joy!

young boy in a beanie and ski jacket holding a giant snow ball. His mouth is open with excitement and a smile

At Christmas time we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  It’s not only a declaration of, “It’s a boy!”  It’s the coming of a Savior – the one the Jews waited for some 2,000 years.  Some of them maybe even forgot He was coming.  And when He did come, they didn’t realize it because they expected a King, not a baby.
But this was no ordinary baby.  He was the Son of God!


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(This post can be read aloud to a group.  It is a gospel presentation and a celebration of the birth of our Savior.  If you want to share this with a group, you have my permission to read it.  That’s why I wrote it.  Or, feel free to make it more interactive.  Ask questions.  Solicit thoughts to get listeners engaged.  And pray that they will understand, appreciate, and accept the Savior and His gospel.)
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Most of us have lived long enough to realize we’re not perfect.  Sometimes we fail people.  Sometimes we wrong them.  And deep down inside, we know we don’t measure up to what we consider to be God’s standards.  God is perfect and holy.  We feel safe around God’s love and mercy, but His holiness should incite fear.  Look at God’s instruction to Moses when the Jews camped at Mt. Sinai where God in His holiness would soon visit:
Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them,
‘Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it.
Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death.’
Exodus 19:12

God’s holiness is serious business.

We can’t approach God’s presence because we fall short of His holiness (Romans 3:10).
The local shepherds, on the night Jesus was born, had a healthy fear of God:
An angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were terrified.
Luke 2:9

But the birth of Jesus is good news!

Luke continues:
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.
I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
he is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign to you:
You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel,
praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:10-14

God loves us and He sent His perfect Son to earth to pay the penalty for our sins so that we can appear perfect to God.  And with that perfection, we can have joy in God’s presence.  (John 3:16, Isaiah 1:18, Psalm 51:4-7)

Joy, not fear.

Christmas is about joy because a Savior came.

The birth of a Savior:
While they were there [in Bethlehem],
the time came for the baby to be born,
and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.
She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger,
because there was no guest room available for them.
Luke 2:6-7

Jesus came as a baby, not a king.  Maybe this is confusing, but I enjoy the idea of celebrating the birth of Baby Jesus at Christmas time.  It makes the good news even more special.  The Savior of the world is precious.  He was wrapped in swaddling clothes, ready to be cuddled and hugged.  We can be close to our Savior.

We can be close to Jesus because He offers to have a personal relationship with us.

Jesus came to die for us.  We can trust Him as our Savior because He is perfect and He lives.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.
John 3:16-17


If you want to know more about Jesus’ sacrifice of love on the cross and what it means to be a child of God, or if you have questions about using this post to share with your group, please email me at authordlv@att.net. You may also want to read more about God's gift of salvation here.


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