We like the saying, “Jesus is the reason for the season” during this time of year. After all, this is what our focus should be on, the birth of Christ. But I think that oftentimes we say those words but don’t really focus on the meaning. Yes, Jesus is the reason for the season, but let’s take a closer look at why He is.
Jesus came to make a provision for our sins. I remember as a teenager seeing an illustration a lot like the one below…
This was to show that there is us on one side and God on the other and no way to bridge the gap between the two. Jesus came to earth to bridge the gap between our sinful nature on one side to God’s perfect nature on the other. You see the Bible shows in the Old Testament that “without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). So, in the Old Testament, the people were required to make sacrifices to God and go before the leaders in the Temple. Gaining access to God was not as personal and was much more difficult. God desired to have a more intimate, personal relationship with his children and to make it easier for people to choose eternal life in heaven and so He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to shed his own blood for our salvation. And all He asked was that we believe that Jesus was Lord, that He lived a sinless life on earth, that He died for our sins, and that He was raised from the dead, and to repent of our sinful nature and be saved. That’s it! It’s that easy!
But why did Jesus have to life a full 33 years on earth? Why not just come for a few years, minister, die and be raised from the dead? Why all 33 years? I believe that Jesus came down to earth as a baby because in order for us to relate to Him, in order for us to believe Him, he had to live in the same way that we did. He had to face all the same temptations, issues, trials, etc. that we did. He faced the death of a parent (it is believe based on several Scriptures that Joseph died before the wedding where Jesus turned water to wine), he faced the temptations that the opposite sex brings (I’m sure he was pursued by several girls and desired as a son-in-law by their parents), he was faced with the temptations of power and earthly possessions by Satan himself, and could have taken himself off the cross…but Jesus CHOSE to live as we lived in order to show us how we can handle each and every situation we are in. What better way to relate to the people of the world than to live as they lived?
So, you see, He came to relate to us and be the bridge we needed between our sinful nature and God himself! What a great gift that God gave us at this Christmastime!!! Jesus Christ!!!