“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11
Christmas has so many great things about it, time with family and friends, great food, holiday drinks, gifts, and of course, Christmas songs. One of the first signs that Christmas is coming is when you start to hear your favorite songs on the radio, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “12 Days of Christmas,” and every expectant kid’s favorite, “Santa Claus is coming to town.”
Have you ever stopped and really listened to the words of that song? One of the verses says,
“He sees you when you’re sleeping,
he knows when you’re awake,
he knows if you’ve been bad or good,
so be good for goodness sake.”
When you think about it, Santa sounds more like Darth Vader than a jolly guy in a red suit. As kids, we pictured Santa watching over us all year looking at everything we did to see if we’d wake up to our favorite gift or a lump of coal on Christmas morning.
Do we view God the same way we view Santa? We may feel like He’s looking down on us, weighing our good deeds versus our bad deeds. Or maybe we believe that we need to earn His love, and we may think that God is mad at us for what we have or haven’t done. But the truth is, God isn’t mad at you, He’s madly in love with you! He loved you so much that He sent His son to save you. Luke writes, “today in the town of Bethlehem a Savior has been born to you.” That night in Bethlehem, Jesus started His journey to rescue and redeem you.
See, the symbol of our faith is a cross not a set of scales. God is not weighing our bad and good deeds; Bethlehem was about the cross! Paul writes in Romans 3, “the law serves only to make us see that we are sinners, but now God has shown us a different way to heaven-not by ‘being good enough’ and trying to keep His law, but by a new way. He will accept and acquit us-declare us ‘not guilty’ if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ no matter who we are or what we have been like.”
This Christmas, don’t miss out on this love that came down for you. God doesn’t want you to go on living life trying to meet His expectations, but He wants you to experience freedom that comes from a relationship with Him. God’s only requirement from you is that you trust Jesus to take away your sins. The true story of Christmas is that God came down to earth in the form of a baby to give you a new life. Don’t miss out on it this Christmas!