Why Christ Came

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. — 1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV)

When we celebrate Christmas each year, we think about gifts, manger scenes, lights and the baby Jesus.  We hear the songs that bring back so many memories.  Songs about reindeer and snowmen to songs about angels, shepherds and one very Holy Night.  It is a time for gathering with friends and family.  It is a wonderful time of year that we return to every December (though it feels like it starts much earlier than that!).  Why?  Why do we do this each and every year?  It’s not a bad thing.  It brings out the best in many of us.  There is a little more peace and joy in our lives.  There is a little more love and goodwill towards others.  But why?

I think that Paul’s words to the young preacher Timothy get at the real meaning of Christmas.  Jesus came to save sinners (Paul said that he was the worst and that gives me hope that I could never be higher on the list than # 2!).  Let me say this once again: Jesus Christ came to save sinners.  He was born in a manger to save sinners.  He died on a cross to save sinners.  He became like us so that He could save us.  Now we have the hope of an eternity with Him because of this wonderful fact: Jesus came to save sinners.  That is what Christmas is really all about.

PRAYER: Father, in the busyness of this season, help me to remember the real reason that we celebrate Christmas.  Help me to remember the birth of Jesus, my Savior.  Thank You for sending Him into the world to save a sinner like me.  I praise and thank You in His name, amen.


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