At this time of year we hear about the birth of Jesus. It’s the “religious meaning” of Christmas. The religious meaning of Christmas can be a celebration and a feast. That’s part of the religion and we can’t judge if everyone is being “materialistic”.
People may think about Jesus at Christmas. Those people may ask why was Jesus born?
A little while ago I read a verse from the gospel of Matthew that made me think to post it at Christmas. This verse or verses explains why Jesus was born.
[The angel of the Lord said] “She [Mary] will bear a son, and you [Joseph, Mary’s husband] shall call His name Jesus [in Hebrew means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is prevent their failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God].”
All this took place that it might be fulfilled which the Lord had spoken through the prophet.
[Matthew chapter 1 verses 21-22]
Jesus was born to save His people from their sins. Jesus is wonderful because he accepts people, and loves people by seeking their good to save them from this horrible thing we are all born with, the ‘sinful nature’.
What’s sin? The sin we are born in gives us the inclination to do deeds of wrong or some call this self-centered actions. Jesus saves from sin, but how does Jesus save from sin?
Jesus has laid the spiritual groundwork to save people. But we are given the invitation to accept what Jesus has done. If we believe in what Jesus has done [as recorded in the gospels and explained further in the New Testament] Jesus gives us His Spirit to help live out His gift of salvation.
Sin is anti-life, but Jesus is the life giver.