The Meaning of Christmas
Wednesday December 4th, 2019
Read: 2 Corinthians 8:9
During Christmas time, there is often so much spiritual truth mixed up with tradition, that it’s sometimes hard to tell Jesus from Santa Claus and the Wise Men from snowmen. It is important that we remind ourselves of the truth of Christmas by reading God’s Word. There is a verse that sums up the real meaning of Christmas better than any verse in the Bible. It is just one verse tucked away in a corner of the New Testament:
“You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich” (2 Cor 8:9)
Within this verse, there are three main points that sum up the great truth behind Jesus’ birth, and that ultimately explain the reason for our hope as Christians.
Today, let’s look at the first point: He was rich…
Who is the richest person you know? If you read the Forbes list of the 500 richest people in the world, it is very likely you will realize two things: you are not on that list, and you don’t know anyone who is. The position of wealth across the world varies quite a bit. Some people have money but are not super rich, others are millionaires, and some are even billionaires. However, none of that can compare to what Jesus had in heaven before He left to come to earth.
The Bible says that all the glory of God radiates from Jesus (He 1:3). All things were created through Him (Jn 1:3) and He holds all things together (Col 1:17). He is the ruler of the kings of the earth (Rev 1:5). Before He was born, He was the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father (Is 9:6). He is the Alpha and Omega, the Light of the World, the Bread and Water of Life, The Way, The Truth, The Life, the Captain of our Salvation, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords.
Luke 2:11 says, “For unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.”
Jesus was rich. He didn’t leave heaven in search of riches, for He had the universe at his disposal. Instead, He gave up everything so that we might know His love and be saved.