Recently, I was reading about the history of Christmas and where our various Christmas traditions come from, including ones that may have originated in pagan rituals or festivals. December 25 may not be the exact date of Jesus birth but the celebration is not about the date but of the event.
This year, as you enjoy your Christmas celebrations, as you open gifts, sing carols, and eat good food, let those things remind you of Jesus’ deep love for you. Regardless of where these traditions originated, you can let them point you back to the great gift Jesus gave each of us by coming to earth, lived and died for us.
Jesus is Savior (Matthew 1:21)
Why did the angel tell Joseph “you are to give him the name Jesus”? Because the name “Jesus” literally means “the Lord is salvation” or simply “Savior.” And so Joseph gave him the name Jesus “because he will save his people from their sins.” This, too, is a foundational truth of Christianity. Jesus was born to die, and through his sacrificial death he, and only he, is able to save us from our sins and their devastating consequences in both this life and the next. Those who receive this salvation by repenting of sin and embracing Christ as Savior and Lord know the joy of forgiveness and the hope of eternal life. We cannot help but sing praises to God for we love to testify that “the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14).
Jesus is the Christ, Son of David and Son of Abraham, God and Savior. This is the true meaning of Christmas. And this is why we sing, “O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.”
Two weeks before Christmas! So Excited!