December is a busy and happy time for many people. We hustle and bustle for gifts, Christmas decorations, good food, and the company of family and friends. It’s a wonderful time of year.
Although December 25th has not been proven to be the exact day Christ was born in Bethlehem, much of the world also celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Regardless of the day or time, Christmas is a time to remember the birthday of Jesus the Christ.
The famously quoted bible verse of John 3:16 the bible tell us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
This verse reminds us that Christmas is also a time to remember God’s love for us. The gift of love that God gave was His Son, Jesus. This meant God allowed everything to happen to Jesus – His birth, life, death and resurrection to be accomplished for us.
If you read further in John 3:17, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Saved from what?
1. First there is judgment. The bible tells us in Romans 14:10-12, “For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written: As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.”
In Rev 20:12, the bible shows us a vision of this judgment, “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”
2. Then, there’s the second death. In Rev 20:14-15 the bible tells “Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Why is Christmas so serious?
Christmas is more than trees, ornaments, chestnuts roasting by an open fire and Santa Clause. It is not only a time to celebrate the birth of that cute little baby in swaddling clothes, Jesus. It is a time to celebrate God’s love, His gift of salvation from judgment and (if we believe) escape from the condemnation of eternal death in the lake of fire (aka hell).
Now that is something to be merry about.
Merry Christmas to all and to all please believe.