The Christmas season is filled with the excitement of celebration, gift giving and family fellowship. But the real story of Christmas is a story of unconditional love
by Eric Dunbar
The story of Christmas was told roughly 750 years before the very first Christmas. The Prophet Isaiah wrote about the birth of Jesus centuries before it was realized to the world. “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign,” writes Isaiah, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
Looking back in time through the pages of the Bible, it is relatively easy for us to imagine the birth of Christ. But it was not so easy for people living in the days of Isaiah to look ahead to that glorious day, but yet they believed.
Christians recite Isaiah 7:14 during the Christmas season as we look back to how the prophecy of the birth of Christ was recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, which also quotes the writings of the Prophet Isaiah. As the story of Christmas (the birth of Christ) was revealed to him, Isaiah writes:
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
Faith is all about believing, for even though we have not seen Jesus, we believe that He is the Son of God. The point that I would like to stress is this: Christmas means absolutely nothing if we do not truly acknowledge and believe the biblical account of the birth, life, and death of Jesus. Christmas is truly a time of celebration, and we have a good reason to celebrate.
Even the angels of God celebrated the birth of the Messiah. Luke’s gospel records, “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!'” (Luke 2:8-14).
Christmas is not just another holiday. Christmas is the Holiday of holidays, for Jesus truly is the King of kings. As we celebrate the greatest of all holidays of all with our family and friends, let us remember that Christ is the reason for the Christmas season. Let us also not forget that He was born to die for us. And let us remember that Christ took in His own body the full wrath of God that was meant for you and I, and He did it because He loves us. He willingly traded places for us to satisfy the judgment of God. Jesus died that we might live. The Christmas story is truly the greatest love story of all time.
From our family to yours, may you have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS, and may God’s glory, His peace, and His goodwill rest on you and your family.