Here’s what’s so merry about Christmas…A baby was born who lived both a sinless and a righteous life, who although he did not deserve death, laid his life down as a sacrifice, and he claimed to do it for those who would believe on him. Then, after he had been dead for three days, His Father, who turns out to be God, raises Him from the dead confirming that He really did live a sinless and righteous life, that His sacrifice was effectual for those who would believe, and that everything that He taught while living on this Earth was true.
The merry Christmas we’ve been wanting is found here, not in a baby in a manger, or a baby receiving gifts from wise men, or even the young boy, Jesus, learning in the temple. Our merry Christmas is found when we see that Jesus had a reason for coming to this Earth, a mission to accomplish, which He accomplished with amazing totality.
He came to save His people from their sins. Done.
He came to destroy the works of the Devil. Done.
He came to bear witness to the truth. Done.
He came to be glorified. Done.
He came to accomplish the will of His Father. Done.
He came to save those who believe. Done.
He came to proclaim good news to the poor, liberty to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, and the acceptable year of the Lord. Done, done, done, and done.
He came to set the oppressed free. Done.
He came to reconcile the world to His Father. Done.