Luke chapter 2 gives an account of the birth of Jesus, the Son of God. A census was to be taken of the entire Roman world, for which everyone went to their own town to register. Because Joseph belonged to the family line of David, he and Mary traveled to the town of Bethlehem. While they were there, Jesus was born, fulfilling the prophecy regarding His birthplace, given in Micah 5:2 years before. Because there was no room for them in the inn, Jesus was wrapped in cloths and placed in a manger.
Jesus coming to this earth to give His life for us was God’s plan of salvation for mankind. Our Heavenly Father loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son
(John 3:16). He sent Jesus not to condemn the world, but rather to it save through Him (John 3:17). The little baby lying in the manger would one day die for us, taking our sins upon Himself, that we might be made right with God. Christ, though being God in His very nature, didn’t consider equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, He took on the nature of a servant, and was made in human likeness (Philippians 2:6-7). The Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). Jesus truly was Emmanuel – God with us.
Jesus came not to be served, but rather to serve, giving His life as our ransom
(Matthew 20:28). Christmas, simply put, is all about Christ coming to save us. It is a day for us to celebrate our Savior’s birth. When He came, grace and truth came with Him
(John 1:17). His work at the cross would usher in a new covenant, based not on what we have done, but on what He has done for us. Under this new covenant, God remembers our sins no more (Hebrews 8:12). It is the new covenant of His grace.
Jesus’ birth truly was good news of great joy (Luke 2:10)! Through Him, we have been reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18). We now have a Father in heaven, who loves us dearly, and cares for us as His own. God does not desire for any to perish, but rather for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9) – to change their way of thinking, and accept His free gift of a personal relationship with Him. Let’s celebrate the birth of our wonderful Savior – God’s gift of love to us – this Christmas season!
My name is Emily Hockenhull. I started Called and Created as a way to share the good news of the gospel of God's grace with others. Come join me on the journey!