We’re getting close; His birthday is only a few days away. Are you feeling the anticipation and excitement? As we’ve been learning about God’s plan, we’ve looked at how early God knew what He wanted to do for mankind. We’ve learned about the nuggets of truth God doled out over hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus. We learned how this one man fulfilled each prophecy about his birth and his life.
But that’s not all.
Jesus didn’t live for His own enjoyment, there was a plan. The baby born in a stable came for one purpose: to sacrifice Himself for us. Like the lamb at Passover, Jesus would give His life for ours. Isaiah gave details about what would happen hundreds of years before the baby’s birth.
“Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.”
If He were just some interesting baby, or a fascinating man, there’s be no real reason to celebrate for thousands of years, and yet we have. Great people have come and gone. They had their moment in the sun and then the globe turned and the sun faded. But Jesus and His story still shine bright. How is that possible?
There’s really only one main reason. It isn’t because He’s famous. It isn’t because people talked about Him. It isn’t because He’s got a ton of nicknames.
The main reason to celebrate comes from the change and gift He gives to us. His sacrifice gives us hope. We don’t have to be stuck in the sludge of life. We are free to find forgiveness and joy.
Makes me want to dance, how about you?
Consider why you celebrate. Do you know the joy?