The world, for the most part, views Christmas as a time of bright lights, decorated trees, present exchanges, and family and social gatherings. Sadly, this is often the focus of many Christians as well. We forget to connect the Christmas story to God’s plan of salvation.
Unlike the presents we purchase or create for others to brighten their lives, God’s perfect gift gives new life to all who receive it. Unlike the blood of bulls and goats that can never make perfect those who draw near with their sacrifices—though offered year by year, the blood of God’s perfect offering sanctifies and cleanses from sin—once for all.
God’s perfect gift is His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us His version of the Christmas story in Hebrews 10:5-7.
Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, “Sacrifice and offering Thou hast not desired, but a body Thou hast prepared for Me; in whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come (in the roll of the book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God.’”
May you have a joyous and Christ-filled Christmas.