Everyone I know celebrates Christmas. However, many of them don’t really know why we celebrate.
The Old Covenant God established with the Israelites demanded the shedding of blood through animal sacrifices to atone for Sin. I know it sounds kind of awful. It is. You see, the ultimate penalty for sin is death. Most people don’t like that. Unfortunately, that is God‘s law, and that’s how it had to be if you wanted to be acceptable to God.
God always had a plan to bring us into a right relationship to Himself. The birth of Jesus represents the New Covenant God established with not only the Jews, but all people on earth. Jesus is the Son of God, who is without sin. Jesus’ sinless Holy sacrifice born of God is enough blood to cover the sins of everyone who asks Him to save them.
So, on Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus. So, you don’t believe He was really God? His birth is predicted over and over again in the Old Testament hundreds of years before He was born: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
This Prophecy regarding Jesus was written 740 years before He was born. During Jesus’ time on earth He fulfilled about 300 prophecies predicted hundreds of years before his birth. Here are the odds of that happening:
1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power! 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus! (Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus, cbn.com).
Christianity is not some made-up religion. It’s based on the Bible which is a history book full of possible impossibilities. God sent His Son to die in our place so we could live with Him forever.
That is the glorious ‘reason for the season.’
“And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross—not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony” (1 John 5:6, 95-110 A.D.).
“Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey – even on a donkey’s colt” (Zechariah 9:9, 518 B.C.).