Christmas celebrates the most generous, sacrificial gift ever given—Jesus. We celebrate the birth of Jesus because of what would transpire thirty-three years later. The baby in the manger is the lone hope for a broken, fallen world.
As we celebrate Christmas, here are a few verses upon which we can reflect:
1. For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:15
2. Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: See, the virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14
3. For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6
4. When the time came to completion, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law. – Galatians 4:4
5. Then she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. – Luke 2:7
God gave because He loved. Jesus left heaven’s glory so that he could find himself, taking on human form, placed in a feed trough, beginning for his journey to the cross. It doesn’t make sense. It’s undeserved. It’s scandalous.
But it is true.
Immanuel—God with us.
This Christmas, spend some time reflecting on God’s generosity. At the risk of sounding cliché, Jesus is truly the reason for the season. What an amazing gift.