All over the world millions of people everywhere are preparing for December 25th what is known as Christmas day. Often the true meaning of Christmas is lost amongst the frantic Christmas shopping, sales, christmas cards, presents, turkey, tinsels and the santa costume all playing their part.
I wonder why does a society which confesses not to believe in God or the creation, take so much of it’s time, money and energy to celebrate the very foundation of what it’s against; do they really know what it’s about? allow me to enlighten you.
For Christians it is true that Christmas is celebrated as the day of the Birth of Christ into this world, yet it also symbolises a very deeply significant truth of the spiritual life. Jesus Christ is the very representation of Holiness. He was born at a time such as this: when ignorance; superstition; greed; hatred and hypocrisy triumphed upon the land. Purity was forgotten and morality was neglected.
In the midst of these conditions centuries before the birth of Christ did Isaiah the prophet prophesised, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”. (Isa 9:6).
But if we are truly going to understand the true significance of this Christmas festival, then we need to rewind to the beginning.
Fall of man: In Genesis chapter 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth”. Here God gives us his vision, here man is created and with it comes his purpose, to have dominion, and man was meant to own the world and everything in it (Gen 2:7-8). With this power and authority and ownership of the world, came one simple condition, a rule; a commandment; an instruction or whatever you want to call it. Genesis chapter 2:16-17 “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die”.
Basically you can have whatever you want, but do not touch do not eat of this one particular tree; there are thousands more tress for you here for you to eat from, but not this one.
But what happened, you know the rest, in Genesis 3 we see the fall of man’s glory. As a result the relationship between God and man changed, He passed a decree against the satanic agent, and in the process also made known his plan and purpose for man future (Gen 3:15).
Man’s helplessness: Because of Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden sin entered into the world, man no longer became pure before God. That’s why Paul write’s For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Rom 3:23). The preacher tells us in Ecclesiastes 7:20 “For there is not a just man upon the earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
The need of a Saviour: And because of mans helplessness, that brings us safely to the need of a saviour it was prophesised in the old testament; “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isa 9:6).
Isa 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel”
It is the fulfilment of the prophecy that we see today and is being celebrated all around the world. What we are really celebrating is the fulfilment of the prophecy that the saviour of the world was born. This is the real Christmas; This is why we celebrate Christmas.