The date I write this is December 13. That’s important because this morning on my way to church I heard a radio preacher state that Christmas was not about us in any way but it was entirely about Jesus. That sounds like the humble thing to say about the season which changed the world more than 2,000 years ago. But the question remains: Is it entirely about Jesus?
Luke wrote that the angels told the shepherds, “‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!'” (Luke 2:10-11, NLT)
Isaiah prophesied, “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.” (Isaiah 9:6, NLT)
Lastly, John famously wrote, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NLT)
Jesus’ incarnation and God’s gift of grace are obviously the primary characters of the Christmas story and without them, there is no story. But the objects of God’s love and grace are “all people,” “us,” and “the world.” Without the people God created (albeit sinful at this point), there would be no Christmas story. Have you thought about just how incredible God’s love it that He orchestrated the greatest stories ever told just to continue His quest to reach His greatest treasures any way He can?