The Real Story of Christmas
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21, NIV).
I once heard a talk show host declare on one of his shows, “Let me share with you my story of Christmas. To me, Christmas is not about the birth of the baby. It is about what that baby grew up to become, how He decided to live His life and the choices and the sacrifices He made in the end. To me, Christmas points to the redemption, the redeeming power of that man.” And I said to myself, “He is really getting it—the redemption of Christ.” But then he followed by saying, “It’s about starting over.” And I said, “Uh-oh!” He went on to suggest that his listeners use the season to start over, wipe their slates clean, and become “who you really are”!
Talk show hosts like to say outrageous things, but the story of Christmas is not about starting over. Yes, the Christmas story is about God’s love and grace and the humility and servanthood of the little baby who was born. That baby grew up to be a man, and He came to redeem for our heavenly Father what is right-fully His in the first place—our lives. He came to pay the greatest price for our redemption—His life, dying for our sins on the cross.
The story of Christmas doesn’t stop at the manger. It continues throughout the perfect, sinless life and the cross and the resurrection of the only Son of God. The story of Christmas is that the Father desires for every single one of us to be redeemed. Not to start over but to become whom God created us to be. Christ came to save us from whom we really are by transforming us into whom God wants us to be. That’s the real story of Christmas!
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