Christmas is a time to recall that eternal God and creator took on human flesh and entered into this world as a newborn infant in order to fulfill His eternal purpose — to bring glory to Himself by suffering on behalf of us who had arrogantly rebelled against Him.
This is a time of rejoicing. We rejoice that God, who could have rightfully destroyed us, chose instead to save, and He did so, in spite of our being corrupted and twisted into a grotesque disfigurement of His image. This provides reason to rejoice because if He saved us in our corruption and disfigurement, our salvation is assured by His mercy and grace and not by our performance.
This is the heart of the gospel. We are saved by and He is glorified by His kindness and grace. This is why Paul wrote in Ephesians that our salvation is “to the praise of the glory of His grace” (Eph 1:6, 12, 14).
So, this Christmas, recall that the coming of Christ as a child in Bethlehem all those centuries ago was an act of mercy and kindness by God that is intended to call our hearts to rejoice in Him and worship.
The Shepherd’s Bible College will be taking a break next week, but we will be back in the new year. Take time this Christmas to recall the kindness of God that is intended to lead us to repentance (Rom 2:4) and rejoicing (Phil 4:4). May your heart overflow in thanksgiving as you enjoy the company of friends, family and good food!