Three reasons why Jesus was born at Christmas

January 16th, 2016

Christmas means so many different things to different people. To some it is time for a break from work after a busy year. For others it is a time to celebrate with family and friends and exchange gifts. While for others it is a time to stop and celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus.

For me as a Christian it is a combination of the three. It is a time for a break, a time to exchange gifts with family and a time to remember the baby Jesus – His birth and what it means to me.

Today I want to share three reasons why Jesus was born at Christmas. Not three reasons why He was born on December 25th, but three reasons why He was born… why He came to us.

1. Jesus was born at Christmas to show God is not far off and distant

Some people I speak to think that God is far off and distant. They believe He is a creator who made this world, set it in place and watches from a distance. He is at arms-length and only takes a passing interest. They think there is no way that He is involved or intervenes in our world or lives.

If we look at the Bible we see this idea is far from a reality. We see that since the creation of the world God has been intimately involved. In Genesis we see that God walked with Adam in the cool of the evening in the garden. We see God gave Moses commandments on how we should live and relate to God and each other. We see God intervened by parting the Red Sea when His people we certain to die. God even sent prophets when His people were off track and needed to be brought back to Him. We see that there was Angelic visitations record in the Bible. God announced that Mary would become pregnant with Jesus and when Jesus was born Angels appeared again.

All these things point to a God who is not far off and distant. But the most important one of all is the birth of the baby Jesus. Jesus left the glories of heaven, the perfection of heaven to be born amongst us. He didn’t come as a mighty King, He came as a humble baby born in a stable. Our carols that we sing use the word Immanuel. This means God is with us. The baby Jesus was God wrapped in skin. Nothing is more vulnerable than a new born baby. This is how Jesus came to show us what God is like. Not far off and distant, but close up and personal.

2. Jesus was born at Christmas to show God is for all people

One of the things I love about Jesus is that He is a Saviour for all people. In the Bible we see that He spent time with and reached out to people of all backgrounds and nationalities. This is especially interesting because at the time Jesus walked the earth, many people only spent time with people from their own people group. They did not mix with others because in many cases they thought they were unclean.

Here are a few examples of the different groups of people Jesus spent time with -The Sadducees (Matthew 22:23), the Pharisees (Matthew 12:2-6), the Herodians (Matthew 22:15-22), the Romans (Luke 7:2), the Zealots (Luke 6:15), and the Samaritans (John 4:39-42).

Combine this with Jesus spending time with other social outcasts of the day like tax collectors, prostitutes and lepers shows that Jesus was a Saviour for all people. He didn’t discriminate. He just genuinely loved and cared for people, no matter whom they were or what they had done.

This week as I was prayerfully preparing my message my mind started to wander and the words, “Imagine if Jesus came to Merredin” popped into my mind.

Imagine if Jesus came to Merredin. Wow that would be awesome! But then I started to think about the things He would do?

As my mind wandered I imagined Jesus starting His day on Merredin Peak. It is a solitary place overlooking town where He could pray to His Father.

When He came down where would He go? I suspect to where the people were. My first thought was Barrack Street where all of the shops are. I could see Him interacting with people. Preaching, teaching and healing like He did in the Bible.

Then I could see Him crossing Great Eastern Highway and going to Merredin Hospital and the Nursing Home. Praying for and encouraging people who were sick. Some would be miraculously healed and many would be set free.

After that I could see Him going to the western end of Barrack Street where the Christian Bookstore and the bakery are found. I could see Him encouraging the people in the bookshop then sitting across from the bakery waiting for the lunchtime crowd.

As people came and went I could imagine Him talking about the Bread of Life and having spiritual food that never runs out. People would forget their physical hunger and crave the spiritual food He would give.

From there I could see Jesus going to the primary school and shooting hoops and kicking the footy with the kids. When He was tired I could see Him sitting with all of the pre-school kids on His lap and even more gathered around. He would be sharing the Parables.

As day turned to night I could see Him looking for a family to have a meal with. It wouldn’t be one of the religious elite, it would be someone like Zacheus the tax collector, who needed help to get back on track.

After this Jesus would then need a place to sleep. I could imagine that rather than staying in the best hotel in town, I could see Him curled up in a park with some of the homeless people who sleep rough every night.

The next day He would wake and do it all again in Merredin… or move on to some other town that His Father in heaven showed Him.

If Jesus came to Merredin… I suspect it would be about people. It would be about blessing, encouraging, healing, loving and saving people – all people. It would be about showing God’s love and God’s Kingdom to everyone.

Jesus was born at Christmas to show that He was a Saviour for all people. He doesn’t belong to one ethnic group, one social class of people or one period of time. He is the timeless Christmas gift – for all people, for all time.

3. Jesus was born at Christmas to save us

The ultimate reason why Jesus was born at Christmas was to save us. The Bible tells us in Luke 19:10 that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. And in Matthew 1:21 it says,, “And she will have a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save people from their sins”.

The Bible tells us that salvation is found in Jesus Christ. John 14:6 says, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. This verse tells us that Jesus is the way to the Father. The Bible also tells us in Acts 4:12 that there is no other way to find salvation. Salvation comes through Jesus Christ alone.

Each of us must respond personally to God’s plan for our salvation. God played His part by giving His Son to be born into this world as a tiny baby. Ultimately thought Jesus came to die on the cross for us to pay the price for our sin.

Our part is to receive what Jesus has done for us. God requires us to do three things to find salvation. They can be described as the A, B, C of salvation –

A – Admit. – We need to admit to God that we have sinned and fallen short of His standards and to ask for His forgiveness.

B – Believe. – We need to believe in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sin.

C – Commit.- We need to commit our lives to Jesus Christ and ask Him to come into our lives and guide and lead us in all we do.

Responding to God is as simple as praying a short prayer that expresses our thanks for what He has done, confessing your sin and asking Jesus into your life. You can pray this prayer right now.

Prayer to find salvation

Heavenly Father,

I thank You for this time of the year where we celebrate Christmas. I thank You that Jesus came to live amongst and show us what You are like. Right now I also thank You that Jesus came and died on the cross for my sin. Right now I ask for Your forgiveness for all of the wrong things I have done in my life. Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God and I ask You to be a part of my life. Please come into my life to be my Lord and Saviour. Please guide me and lead me in all I do and help me to live for You.

Amen.

Conclusion

Jesus was born at Christmas time to show you that God is far off and distant, that God is for all people including you and I, and that Jesus’ ultimate reason for coming at Christmas is to save us so we can spend eternity with Him.

By Dave Quinn
Founder of PASSION Australia