To Us a Child is Born
It’s Christmas time! It’s a time when families around the world gather together to celebrate the birth of Christ. The birth of our Savior. What a wild concept. Almost 2000 years ago, in the tiny town of Bethlehem, the Creator of the universe was born of a virgin and laid in a manger. The perfect King, eternal and majestic Son of God, stooped down from His heavenly throne beside the Father to dwell among us as Immanuel, God with us. He didn’t come in glory. He didn’t come in power. He came as a humble little child. Helpless and wholly dependent on the will of His Father and loving care of His earthly family. That’s so mind boggling!
But Christmas is more than just a birthday party for our Savior. It is more than gifts and caroling and candle services at church. These traditions are beautiful reminders that we do in order to celebrate our Lord. But there’s more to Christmas than this. Christmas, as we’ve already said, is about the birth of our Savior. Savior. That’s a key title there. It conveys so much meaning for the life of the Good and Faithful.
What did Jesus save us from? The Apostle Matthew tells us in his Gospel:
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
Did you catch that? What the angel explained to Joseph? “You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Man. That is so good!
Jesus, the Son of God, He came down to be born like one of us so that in doing so, He could save us from our sins. As He walked the earth, He went around preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. He said of Himself, quoting the prophet Isaiah,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
On the day He entered the world, the day of His birth, He began the work of proclaiming liberty to those who were enslaved by sin. His official ministry of preaching and teaching and healing was not until much later, however, His birth marked the beginning of His mission on earth. His mission of saving God’s people from their sin.
And we want to help you see something here. He didn’t come to save us from the future wrath of God. He came to save us from sin today. Now, sin, of course, brings about condemnation. No doubt. But what we mean to say is that Jesus didn’t come to save us from God. He came to save us from the sin that keeps us far from God. He came to save us from the sin that creates a gap between us and our Father. From the sin that entangles us and causes us to disobey our Father and thus incur His righteous judgement against us.
This salvation and the freedom from sin that comes with it is for today ya’ll. It’s for this season and every season to come until Christ’s return. As we celebrate His birth this Christmas, let us consider this reality.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery…For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
No doubt as we walk in this life, we may stumble. But thanks be to God that though we may sometimes stumble, we do not have to fall. Christmas reminds us that Christ in His humility came to take our place. To live the life we could not live.
“For our sake [God] made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
This Christmas, celebrate the birth of our Savior. Remember that that little boy in a manger is now seated beside our Father in the heavenly places. He sits enthroned, interceding for you and me as we live out our lives as His Good and Faithful. He sits at the Father’s right hand while He makes His enemies a footstool. As He works in your life, as He works in the lives of all the Good and Faithful, He’s setting us free from sin and He’s teaching us how to bless the nations and advance His Kingdom. That is what we get to celebrate this Christmas!
We know that it’s an unfortunate reality that many of God’s people still struggle in their battle against sin. We invite you to tune into The Good and Faithful Show to hear how you can break free from the sin cycle and enjoy the freedom Christ intends for you to have this Christmas and every day after.
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