The Meaning of Christmas
Wednesday December 18th, 2019
Read: 2 Corinthians 8:9
This week, we continue looking at our key verse for December:
“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)
In this verse, there are three main points that give a deeper and Truer perspective to Christmas. Over the last two weeks, we examined how Jesus, who was rich, became poor for our sake. Why? So that we might become rich, as well.
This is the purpose of Christmas. He came so that we who were poor might become rich. How does this happen? Have you heard of the term guilty by association? If you turn that concept around, you’ve got Christmas. It is grace by association. All the virtue of God is available to us by virtue of our relationship with Jesus Christ. All the riches, all the power, all the prestige of His Good Name is ours.
Some people might say, “but you don’t deserve that”, and they would be correct. That is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. If we deserved it, we wouldn’t need Jesus. However, through our association with Jesus Christ, suddenly we are rich.
Theologians have a word for this: the doctrine of imputation. I come to Jesus, He takes my sin, I take His righteousness. I don’t earn it, it is imputed to me, credited to my account. I come to Jesus as a pauper in the spiritual realm. All my good works are like filthy rags, my resume is filled with failure. When I come to Christ, I am fed, clothed, filled, and forgiven. He takes away my rags and puts around me the robe of His righteousness.
Everything I lacked, I now have. Once I was poor, now I am rich. That’s the grace of God, and it happened because of Christmas. Let us rejoice this year that these things are true.
Because Christ became poor, we are now the richest people in the world.