Christmas is a proclamation of the greatest news in the whole wide world.
The weight of any news is determined by the weight of the event. Either something good has happened or something bad that was supposed to happen, didn’t happen. Christmas points to a historical event that encompassed both sides of this paradigm.
If we look at our world, we see a lot of good and a lot of bad. Often times we realize that the good is bathing in pain and suffering. People who are full of vigor and purpose loose these because of hardships and unfairness of life. A happy couple that experienced joy on their wedding day, experience strains in their relationship soon after. Parents that bring home their newborn baby in full excitement and ambition often times find themselves stressed and overwhelmed as time goes on.
All those things are what we call the “real world”. We cannot live in ignorance of this reality of the hardship in this life. We live in a broken world. Only when we approach reality as it is, can we learn to function in it appropriately. Yet, there is a “reality” that many of us don’t see. That reality is far superior to all other realities. In fact, this reality shapes all other realities.
The ultimate reality is this: all of humanity has become separated from their Creator because of sin!
The Bible points to a loving God who created us to enjoy life with Him. Yet, sin entered the human race and because of God’s holiness we were separated from Him. We are a light bulb that lost its connection to the source of light! Now we live alone, in darkness, attempting to create our own life without God. It may seem like it has meaning and purpose, yet over time we are discouraged and frustrated. We become anxious and depressed. We have no one to run to, because no one can truly understand and satisfy us.
The other consequence of our sin is punishment. The Bible makes it clear that God, in his perfect love and justice, has to punish sin! As a judge who cannot set us free for committing murder, no matter how sorry we are for our actions, God has to do what is right- he has to punish us. This is why the Bible says that the “wrath of God is coming” (Colossians 3:6).
Sin has saturated all of us to the point that we cannot escape it. No matter how good we try to be, we have done so much wrong already and cannot stop doing wrong.
Just take a second, pause and realize the helpless state we are in!
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:4-8).
Christmas gives us hope- it points to the Savior, who came to solve that most horrible problem of sin.
The most important news in all of life is the fact that God has made a way for sinners to be reconnected with God. Jesus Christ, the eternal son of God, has become a human being like us, so that he might take upon himself our sin. He lived a life in total obedience to God- he never once sinned! And now he imputes (clothes) his righteousness upon those who believe in Him. He took all of our sins on himself, and went to the cross to pay our penalty for the wrong that we have done. He experienced hell in our place!
Jesus died for us and yet was also raised to life on the third day. He was ascended, and now has the power over death itself.
The good news of Christmas is that we can become his people- we can be adopted into His family by faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus has provided a way of escape from the wrath of God, from hopelessness, from loneliness, from guilt. He has done it all! That is the greatest news in the whole world.
As the angels proclaimed to the shepherds “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-12).
O, praise Him and proclaim His name among all the people!