Finally we get to discuss Jesus Christ. His birth is significant only because of His death and resurrection. Jesus came so that we may have forgiveness from our sins and everlasting life.
There must be atonement for our sin. We see this first in Genesis. After Adam and Eve sinned, they had to cover themselves in the sight of God as He is holy and perfect and cannot be present alongside darkness (a stand in for covering their sin).
In the Old Testament, (Leviticus 1) we see that the original atonement for sin was very specific and very disturbing (as it required a difficult sacrifice with a lot of rules).
Hebrews 9:11-12 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
So we see that Jesus came to abolish the previous requirements and be our “scapegoat” onto which we could transfer sins. Much like Adam and Eve had to cover their sinful nature, Jesus’s blood covers over our sins to make us blameless in the sight of God.
That’s what I’m celebrating this Christmas. The birth of a Son who came only to bear the weight of my sin which I could not wipe off my own record.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE