More than just a baby in a manger, here’s what Christmas means: Jesus was born because the world needed Him!
Because He came, dust to dust doesn’t need to be our final and only destiny.
Because He came, sin’s perpetual curse doesn’t need to be our lot.
Because He came, we can be forgiven, once for all time!
Because He came, humanity’s attempts at saving ourselves never need to be our only resource.
Because He came, the True Light penetrated the darkness and the darkness will never overcome Him.
Because He came,, God demonstrated that His love is so magnificent it would show supremely in the ultimate sacrifice. And it’s while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!
Because He came, the death the world conspired to achieve would be the very means by which God desired to save us.
Because He came, there is a tomorrow. Of hope. Of peace. Of joy. Of love. Of everlasting life.
Because He came, sin no longer rules over us.
Because He came, death has been defeated.
Because He came, the gates of hell will not overcome us.
Because He came, the gates of heaven are open wide! And the angels sing each time someone who has been lost is found!
Because He came, the good news is really, really Good! It’s good for you. And it’s good for me.
Because He came, we have seen the Father!
Because He came, we know the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Because He came,, we can know, enjoy, and take part in the Resurrection!
Because He came, we can find the narrow door and have access to the very throne room of God in prayer.
Because He came, the Holy Spirit can dwell in our hearts and remind us of everything Jesus taught in His lifetime.
Because He came, we know what Love looks like.
Because He came, our lives have purpose and meaning!
Because He came, we can wrestle through the splendid mystery of how the Almighty God—the very One who created the entire universe– fit in such a tiny package as this Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, lying in a manger.
Because He came, God’s angels sing, God’s people rejoice, and demons tremble with fear.
Because He came, Christmas means far more than what money can buy or what comes from a store. Jesus’ birth made all the difference!
Because He came,
our greatest joy on Christmas morning can be found in a manger, and not under a tree.
Because He came, we know the very meaning of Merry Christmas!
This concludes our Advent 2016 Devotionals called Timeless: the Message of Christmas for All Ages which began November 27, 2106. Timeless hope, encouragement, grace, peace, and love are ours in an enduring way as we look into the Word, see the face of our Lord Jesus, and experience restoration in His presence. His goodness and His Gospel are truly Timeless. Merry Christmas!