by Brett Moore
Perhaps you're reading this in the morning and all that is “Christmas Eve,” is in front of you. You know that today there will be much that asks for your attention. Children, extended family, church services, presents; each of these will ask for your consideration today. Maybe you’re reading this before you go to bed. You remember what it was like to go to bed excited as a child on Christmas Eve. But down deep, you know that today is about more than gifts, and this season is more than just a “holiday.” Now, for just a moment think about what you’re being asked to remember. That Jesus, God’s son, entered into our reality. Jesus was born. But why did He have to come? The Bible tells a story about Jesus in the gospel of Luke where Jesus himself answers this question. He tells us that “the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 10:10) Matthew, the author of another gospel account, takes it a step further when he recalls his first interaction with Jesus. He recounts Jesus’ precious words, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:13).
So why did Jesus come. Why do we celebrate Him? Because He came for people like us. He came for people who couldn’t save themselves. He came for the lowly, for the sick, for the over-extended, and for the needy. He came for you. God, in the person of Jesus, came to Earth to find you. There are many reasons today matters: the look on someone’s face when they open their gift, the laughter that seems to happen when the whole family is under one roof, or maybe today is the first Christmas since a sad event in your life. Today, in joy or sadness, with family, friends, or for the first time in a long time, consider Jesus. He came for you.
Mark 10:45—"The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Have you ever owed someone money? That’s what debt is, it’s owing something. When we disobey, tell a lie, or sin against someone, the debt we owe is to God. In Romans the Bible tells us that when we sin, we earn death. But God does something amazing. When we could not pay the debt we owed, He sent His son to take care of it for us. Paul put it like this in Galatians 4:4–5, "When the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law so that we might receive adoption as sons." In other words, Jesus frees us to be a part of God's family.
God's Son had to become a human being so that He could suffer and die in our place to pay the ransom. That is the meaning of Christmas. Jesus came to save sinners. He’s the gift! That’s what Christmas is all about - it’s when we celebrate the most amazing news in history. The angels sang, the shepherds bowed, a star showed the way, everything pointed to Jesus. When everything was hopeless, when we were at our lowest and could never get to God, He came to us.
Are there presents under your tree? I bet there are. Before you open a present tonight or tomorrow, take a moment and ask each person in your family to share why Jesus is the best gift they could ever receive.
Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, into the world to do what we could never do for ourselves, and pay the debt we could never pay. Jesus, thank You for saving us. Tonight and during this season, we take just a moment to remember why You came to Earth: You came for us, and for that, we are very thankful.