What We Celebrate at Christmas

“…who, being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.”

— Philippians 2:6

Jesus Christ was not merely a man, and Christmas doesn’t celebrate the birth of a man. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of the God-man. This is not some apotheosis like that of the Caesars in which a man was elevated to “God” status. This is the great condescension of the Trinity when almighty God deigned to become one of us and to be born among men.

This fact, however, of the supernatural origin and essence of Christianity is often denied today in our world. For example, consider the remnant Communist countries where the idea is inculcated daily into people’s minds, both young and old, that Christianity is a myth and an opiate of the people.

But these denials are not restricted to other lands—in our own midst on many campuses parents have found that children have come back from school and have been divested of their earlier beliefs.

The essential supernatural character that Christmas is a birth of God into the world is often denied. But the fact is that Christmas cannot be successfully denied, though it has been tried for twenty centuries. No, the victories are too many.

The historical record is clear that Jesus Christ lived a remarkable life, and He changed all of history through His death and resurrection. In a sense you could say: At Christmas time, we also celebrate Good Friday and Easter.

Lord, give me strength for today to live on the supernatural plane, as we praise You for the grand miracle of Your incarnation. Help me to be Christ-like to those around me…