This is part II of a two part series about the reason we celebrate during the Christmas season. Part I focused on two reasons we celebrate: 1) God’s goodness to us and 2) The Birth of Jesus. This series picks up in this post by looking at what exactly Jesus, the Son of God and God Himself, accomplished by entering into His Creation!
Jesus Paid the Price
Our survey of Scripture today begins in the book of Hebrews. The author of Hebrews records exactly what Jesus accomplished by coming to earth.
Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He (Jesus) Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.
As God, Jesus came down to be a human, like us, and ultimately died for us! Although the enemy thought that he won at the death of Jesus Christ, Jesus’ death actually rendered the enemy powerless! By the Son of God dying, he broke the power of death forever for all who call on His name. By doing this Jesus Christ paid the price for our restoration to God, a price that we could never have paid. Not only that, He also now knows what it is like to be tempted as we are, so He is able to come to our help when we struggle with temptation.
A second passage from Hebrews (4:15-16) gives us even more hope from Jesus’ life and death by stating:
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Jesus Gives Us Hope
Jesus was different, He obeyed God perfectly and never rebelled against Him like we all have. Because of His perfect obedience and death, today we are able to come near to God so that we can have mercy and grace in our time of need! We are not left alone in this life! We don’t have to just “try to be a good person”, we are able to draw near to the throne of grace so that we can be rescued from our rebellion against God! We have a great God and a great Savior who want us to live an abundant and joyful life for Him, and in Him.
Reasons to Celebrate
This is why we celebrate Christmas. It is the anniversary of our Savior’s birth. The answer that all of Creation had been waiting for to overcome the enemy and the curse of sin and death. We know from Romans 6:23 that “the wages of sin is death… but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord!” Let’s celebrate today that this gift is FREE and it is available to all who call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. We have the hope of eternal life and the knowledge that we will not receive the eternal death that we deserved. That is worth celebrating!
If you’re reading this blog and you haven’t made the decision to trust Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then I want you to know that I’m glad you’re reading right now. I want to invite you to join us on Sunday mornings at Faith to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. To listen closely to the songs during our worship set and the message shared afterwards. To consider the common themes you hear in them and ask yourself what is keeping you from trusting in this Jesus to be your Savior and Lord. If you have further questions, our staff would love to sit down with you to discuss them. Please don’t go through another Christmas without a personal relationship with the Son of God who entered into His own creation to rescue you. It is possible for you to know, that you know, that you know, that you’re on your way to heaven this Christmas season.