Reason for Christmas
“Many people and church attendees today form their views of the true God much as the pagan mythologist did. Their view of God is the product of their own experiences or the experiences they have heard recounted by others and is not formed by seeing God’s inerrant revelation of Himself in the Scriptures.” (Jim Berg, Created for His Glory)
Jesus came for a specific reason, He said, “… Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) William Barclay wrote in regards to the incarnation, “In Jesus we see the creating Word of God, …we see God living life as He would live it, thus, showing us how we should live on earth.” The Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning… The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-2,14) This is the basic statement of the Incarnation, for Jesus entered into this earth through the gateway of childbirth and took up residence among men. His incarnation was the full manifestation of grace and truth because it was the greatest possible expression of God’s compassion for people and the most perfect way of conveying truth to their understanding. God’s personal revelation of Himself in Christ has no parallel elsewhere, nor has it ever been repeated.
By inviting the Holy Spirit to bring revelation and illumination to the human mind and spiritual heart, mankind may understand who Christ is. Through prayerful study of God’s Word about Jesus Christ you have the opportunity to learn what real love is, communicate with God in prayer, how to live a life in obedience to God’s commands and decrees. You may learn how to defeat the attacks of Satan, overcome the sinful flesh and escape the lures of this world’s view.
Because of everything Jesus did upon this earth and His going to the Father and the sending the Holy Spirit to us, we can behold the presence of Christ living in us through the Spirit of Christ. (Romans 8:9-11) There is no greater Christmas present than having, experiencing and enjoying the life changing presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. And that is a treasure worth pondering. Grasp the true Christmas, Christ!