Countless babies have been born into this world, and yet only one has the biggest holiday set to celebrate its birth. But why? What’s so special about a baby? About this baby?
When Jesus was born into the world it was an interesting time. The Bible tells us that from the beginning of creation, God had been in contact with His people in some way. But for 400 years God had been silent. This silence was broken only shortly before Jesus birth, proclaiming the coming Messiah!
The Jewish people (also called Israelites) had been completely disobedient to God and consequently, had been handed over to their enemies. This caused them to go in the completely opposite direction. Instead of worshiping idols, like they had in the past, it was no longer tolerated. In fact, they made up a number of their own new religious rules leaving them with over 600 regulations for daily conduct. Now, I don’t know what that says to you, but even to a rule follower like me, someone who likes knowing what’s right and wrong, this is more than overwhelming!
And then came Jesus. The Bible says that his young mother was a virgin and that Jesus was placed in her by the Holy Spirit, therefore Jesus would be called The Son of God. Luke 2:52 tells us that Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. Just as a side note, this is a great scripture to pray over your children. Who more do we want our kids to be like than Jesus?
Long before Jesus was born, God spoke to His people through prophets. Many prophecies had been made about how people could recognize the Savior when he came. In fact, 456 predictions were made about Jesus in the Old Testament (the first part of the Bible). Mathematicians and some people much smarter than me, concluded that if Jesus was able to fulfill just 48 of these predictions it would be a miracle because it was an absolute improbability. Not only did Jesus fulfill more than 48 of these predictions, He fulfilled every single one of them! All 456! Outside of the power of God this could not have been done. Which tells us, that Jesus really is the Son of God.
As He grew, Jesus lived a sinless life. We see Him stand strong when Satan tempts Him. This again is impossible for any human being. There are days when, with God’s help, we are able to fight against Satan’s tactics to draw us in to sin, but not one person alive today or that has ever lived is able to go their entire lives without messing up, making mistakes, sinning. But Jesus did.
And then comes the most important part of all. If you go all the way back to the beginning of the Bible you will see that every time someone sinned, God required them to make an offering to cover their sin. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and realized they were naked, they were ashamed and hid from God. In order to cover their nakedness and their sin, God used the skin of animals to make them clothing. This required the blood shed of the innocent animal. And every sin after, the Bible explains, always required the blood shed of a spotless, innocent animal to cover the sin of the people. As we come to the end of Jesus’ short life, we see Him become that final, spotless, innocent, blood sacrifice. He doesn’t fight back when the officials torture Him and nail His hands and feet to a cross. Although just hours before, we see Him praying and asking God if there could be another way, He knows this is God’s will and His plan to save the world. He willingly dies on that cross.
The Bible tells us that those who choose to believe in Jesus and accept His sacrifice to cover their sins are saved! Exactly what does that mean? For one thing, it means we are forgiven of our sin. Every sin I have ever committed and every sin I will ever commit is covered by Jesus blood and it is forgiven when I choose Him. It also means we are free from the law. Remember the 600 plus religious regulations the Jewish people had to fulfill each day? Not anymore. They were free! And can we be, too. Choosing Jesus means that I have God’s Holy Spirit to walk with me and direct me through this life and then when I die, I get to live eternally with God in heaven. I can do none of these things on my own. I can’t pay for my sin with money. I can’t earn credit toward my sin by being
good, or giving, or helping others. In fact, the Bible says Jesus is absolutely the only way and there is no other! That is why we celebrate this baby at Christmas. We celebrate His birth, but also the life He lived and the sacrifice He made. My prayer for you today is that you have chosen Him as your sacrifice, as your Savior. If not, then let today be that day!
1. Want to read the Old Testament and learn about the sacrifices the people had to make to cover their sin? Do you want to see for yourself all of the prophecies that were predicted and fulfilled? Check out this easy to read and understand Bible called The Story. There is also a Kids Edition, and a Student Edition.
2. Want to know more about choosing Jesus for yourself? Click here to check out our What We Believe Page! Plus click the mail icon below to email us at ByFaithSheGirls@ByFaithShe.com to ask questions or tell us about your decision! We'd love to hear.
Audra and her husband Jordan are called to ministry and he is the senior pastor at their church. They have two beautiful children who bring them tons of joy, lots of laughs, and on occasion new grey hair. She is a former teacher who still loves to teach, enjoys cooking and baking, and has a passion to lead other women to know Jesus and live out their faith in Him.