There are so many different ways to view Christmas. And I’m not considering all the totally false views that place Santa or something else at the center of it. I’m talking about the many different ways that we can correctly view it, keeping Christ at its center. Even when we do that we can view it from many different angles because it has so many different facets.
One angle that I like viewing it from is the perspective of God keeping his commitment to the human race. It’s totally mind-boggling that he would do that – considering how mankind had treated him. Just think of it. God had created Adam and Eve perfectly and gave them a perfect home to live in. In response, what did they do? They disobeyed his direct command not to eat from the tree. Their disobedience had horrendous consequences: not only for them but for the entire human race. Paul put it this way: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12) Although created perfect, Adam and Eve became repulsive sinners and passed that repulsive nature on to all their ancestors.
What would you have done if you were God? What do you do when something you created is ruined? Although the analogy limps, think of how you would react to an employee that daily trashes your name and constantly works against you and your purposes. I don’t think any of us would keep him around very long. But that is nothing to what the human race did to God. “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:12) It is truly amazing that God didn’t wipe humans off the face of the earth.
Instead, for thousands of years, he gave them promise after promise of a rescuer. And at Christmas he sent that rescuer. That is mind-boggling – not only because of how the human race had treated him but also because of what it cost him. Only God himself, in the person of the Son of God, could serve as the rescuer for all people. Therefore the Son humbled himself “and made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was make in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:7) He willingly placed himself under the law to keep it perfectly for us. And that is what he did for 33 years. Then he “redeemed us from the curse of law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” (Galatians 3:13)
As our rescuer, Jesus led the perfect life we could never and gave us the credit for it. He then became the sacrifice for all our sins and paid for them all on the cross. It was for those reasons, and those reasons alone, that he was born. Christmas is when God put his rescue plan for us into action. Even though we didn’t deserve it, God did it. He did it because that was his commitment to us.
The best way to praise and honor him for that is to give him ALL the credit for your salvation and eternal life. He deserves nothing less – for he did it