For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
Today, as the world celebrates the birth of our Savior, it is important to remember that in many ways this is the beginning of the Easter season.
While it is important that we remember that this day signifies God’s entry into the world as a man, it is even more important to remember why He did that, and why it was necessary. It was not just a token gesture by our Lord; it was the first step in our redemption.
Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden there has been an insurmountable separation between the Creator and man. And while God loves His creation, it is not possible for sinful man ot remain in the presence of a perfect God. All of the blood sacrifices made were an imperfect covering of sin. What was needed was perfect redemption, and the only way that could occur was with a perfect sacrifice.
That sacrifice was given when the perfect Son of the Living God came to earth and died on the cross for our sins. It was that perfect sacrifice that provided a door for man to sit in the presence of God the Father.
That is what Christmas is all about. That is what we celebrate. It isn’t the birth of a prophet or a great teacher; it is the birth of the Christ, the Messiah.