The reason for Christmas
(God Formed us, sin Deformed us, Christ Jesus came to Transform us)
Pastor George Lehman
Matthew 1:21-23 (NIV) – 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23”The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
1 John 5:11-13 (NIV) – 11And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12Whoever has the son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Story of the wealthy Art collector
That is the essence of the story of Christmas. Whoever takes the Son, gets it all.
The Bible puts it like this: “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
1 John 5:11-12.
The one who has the Son has it all. (Has what?? an Indescribable gift)
2 Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks be to God for this indescribable GIFT”
So many people, poets, musicians, painters and sculptors have tried to bring tribute and express this indescribable gift the person Jesus, the gift of God’s love.
I think there are at least 4 reasons
I’m not trying to describe it, because I can’t. But I want to stir your heart to focus afresh on “God’s gift to you”.
#1 Because of His nature
How do you describe Jesus? What words would you choose? How do you describe God in flesh – reaching out to the hurting masses of humanity and being the 100% cure?
“God’s love is not logical. It is unimaginable that God descended in His Son to bring salvation to ungrateful people. Jesus became what we are in order to make us what He is.”
Isaiah said: He will be called Emmanuel
(God with us);
Paul said: We can’t describe the “indescribable” gift
He had no servants – yet they called Him MASTER
No degrees – yet they called Him TEACHER
No medicine – yet they called Him HEALER
No army – yet the King’s FEARED Him
He won no military battles – yet He CONQUERED the world
He committed no crime – yet they CRUCIFIED Him
He was buried – yet He ROSE AND LIVES TODAY!
The birth of Jesus brought God to man, BUT it took the cross of Jesus Christ to bring man to God.
He is indescribable!
#2 Because of His purpose in coming to earth
What is the Christmas celebration [Kersfees vieringe] about after all?
Not decorated trees, not presents, not holidays, not some overweight dude wearing red either.
OUR GREATEST NEED: for HIS coming
If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator;
If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist;
If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist;
If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer;
The Answer is:
Our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Saviour – to bring hope to a lost, sinful world.
God’s gift is indescribable!
#3 Because of the grace by which Jesus is given
We buy gifts for people we know – like our wife and kids because it’s the right thing to do. Normally if people give us a gift, we feel obliged to give one back. We feel we must help the needy, the poor, because we have an obligation to them.
This is what makes God so special – He doesn’t owe us anything, in fact:
Rom 5:8 (NIV) – But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
We deserved the WORST, but we got the BEST. A gift is not a gift if you pay for it – it’s free by GRACE.
Lastly it’s indescribable!
#4 Because of His overwhelming [oorweldigende] effect on us
The gifts you got for Christmas may be wonderful and you may be very thankful, BUT tomorrow you will still be the same – it will not change you.
The Bible teaches that when we accept Jesus Christ, “The indescribable gift”, we can NEVER be the same again.
Our sins are forgiven and forgotten.
2 Cor 15:7 (NIV) – “We’re a brand new person in Christ.”
Let us thank God for this season as we celebrate “His indescribable gift”, JESUS, to a lost world.
He became like us – that we might become like Him.
He was rejected – that we might be accepted.
He was condemned – that we might be forgiven.
He was punished – that we might be pardoned.
He suffered – that we might be strengthened.
He was whipped – that we might be healed.
He was hated – that we might be loved.
He was crucified – that we might be justified.
He was tortured – that we might be comforted.
He died – that we might live.
He went to hell – that we might go to Heaven.
He endured what we deserved – that we might enjoy what only He deserves.
Each one of us is valuable and extremely precious to God – just look at the price He paid
That is why we can sing – (Matthew 1:23) “Emmanuel” – God with us
Have you received God’s indescribable gift?