Perhaps you have heard it said, “Life would be a lot simpler if there was no Christmas.” There is a lot of stress associated with Christmas for some people – buying gifts, planning and attending parties, preparing for the arrival of friends and family, along with the food that goes with it. And as we have discussed, painful hurts resurface for some at this time of year as well. Yes, Christmas, as we often see and engage it, can be a downer in some respects.
Unfortunately, we often allow the world’s idea of Christmas to rob us of the joy and peace that Christ came to bring. So consider this. As stressful and pressurizing as we have made Christmas to be, have you ever stopped to wonder what our world would be like if Jesus Christ had not been born in Bethlehem? What would life be like if Jesus had not come?
First of all, if Christ had not come, many prophecies of the Bible would be unfulfilled. There are several hundred prophecies in the Old Testament dealing with Jesus’ birth, life, and ministry – His virgin birth, the place of His birth, the lineage of His birth, etc. If Christ had not come, the prophecies about His heritage would be unfulfilled and our Bible would be less trustworthy.
Secondly, if Christ had not come, there would be no sacrifice for our sins. None of the Old Testament sacrifices were sufficient to take away sins (Hebrews 10:4). They could only point to the THE Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). And the only way Jesus could accomplish this was in a human body. If Christ had not come, there would be no sacrifice for your sins and my sins – we would have been left to an eternity of separation from God.
On and on we could go citing how hopeless we would be had Jesus not come. But suffice it to say, we are blessed beyond measure because Jesus arrived in Bethlehem through a virgin named Mary. As we enter this week leading up to Christmas Day, let us ever be mindful of the “reason for the season” and celebrate accordingly.