This is the time of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For many, the Christmas season is a celebration all about giving and getting gifts. But for those that believe that Jesus is our personal savior, we celebrate the gift that God gave to man.
God, the creator of the universe, loved us so much that He gave us the gift of His own Son.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
As proof of just how much He really loved us, He sent His Son into this world to satisfy His holy law. No man had been able to keep the law. But Jesus, the perfect man, met the demands of that law. Then He died in our place for our sins. Now, God can generously forgive those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
This is the miracle of the Christmas story. God gave us His Son to die for our sins that we may live with Him forever.
During this Christmas season in the Himalayas, native believers place a special focus on sharing the good news of Jesus’ birth with their neighbors and relatives. When they hear the good news, many people come to believe in Jesus. Where there was hopelessness, now there is hopefulness. Where there was despair, now there is assurance that the Lord is watching over them. Where there was turmoil and fear, now there is peace, love and joy.
When people meet Jesus, their lives are changed. In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 19, we see just how completely He can change a person when they believe in Him.
Luke 19:1-10 describes the meeting of Zacchaeus and Jesus. Zacchaeus was a tax collector for the Roman conquerors. He was also a Hebrew. He was a rich man. But as a tax collector, he was a cheat, he was dishonest, and considered a traitor by his own countrymen. He had lived only for himself without regard to how he got his riches.
Then he meant Jesus. And his life was completely turned around. Jesus filled Zacchaeus with mercy and kindness and love. Luke tells us about Zacchaeus’ change of heart in Luke 19:8.
Luke 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”
What a change that was! It highlighted the whole purpose of why Jesus was born as a little baby here on earth. He said it of Himself in Luke 19:10:
Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
And He is still in that business today. During this season of celebrating Jesus’ birth, let us give thanks for what He has done for us. Thank Him for giving us the gift of eternal life. Thank the Father for sending His Son to die for our sins.
And if you do not know him personally, that Man that came over two thousand years ago, loves you and wants you to get to know Him. He wants to give you that hope, peace, love and joy right now. Tell Jesus that you believe He is the Son of God. Thank Him for taking your sins away over 2000 years ago, on that cross at Calvary. Ask Him to fill you with that peace, joy, love and hope that so many have come to know. He will change you completely.