Why Do We Celebrate Christmas? Part 3

Reason #2 Christmas reminds us that God has met our greatest need–God sent us a Savior!

Not only does Christmas remind us that our lives are part of God’s story, Christmas reminds us that God has invaded our lives and met our greatest need. He sent us a Savior!

Picking up again in Luke 2:10-11 we read: “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

We use “salvation language” all the time. “Seat belts save lives . . . Save the Children . . . Save the whales . . . Save the economy.” However, when Christians say, “Jesus saves,” we take great offense. Why is that? Well if we’re afraid to admit that we need a little rescuing and should just stop and ask for directions? How much more are we unwilling to ask for and admit our need for God’s forgiveness?!?!

What do you think your greatest need really is?

One way to find out is to fill in the blank “If I had ____________ then I’d be happy.” What is it? An iPad? A boyfriend or girlfriend? A child? Kids who obeyed (right away!)? A spouse who understands you? The perfect figure? Six-pack abs? A cool pastor?

It’s been said there are two great disappointments in life. The first occurs when you don’t get what you want. The second occurs when you do!  Ain’t that the truth!  Many of the things that we hope will make us feel happy and secure wind up letting us down in the end. But only Jesus can save and satisfy our souls!

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator;If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer; But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior. (source unknown)

When we think of Christmas we must also think of Good Friday and Easter. We would prefer to keep Jesus as “sweet little 8lb 6oz Baby Jesus”. It’s tempting to like the Christmas Baby Jesus best—he’s so cute and cuddly! But Jesus didn’t come just so we could have cute Christmas cards to send to family with the particularly meaningful note, “Merry Christmas, love US.” No Jesus came to seek and save the lost, to bring us back to God, to restore our broken lives and this broken world. The birth of Jesus is only the beginning of the greatest story ever told! In the gospels we see…

  • Jesus’ miracles proved that Jesus alone can bring about the world we all want.
  • Jesus’ death on the cross provides guaranteed forgiveness for everyone who trusts him to make them right with God. Gracious acceptance.
  • Jesus’ resurrection provides new life, so that we experience what it looks like to live under the loving rule of God. Changed lives.
  • Jesus’ return will bring about the world that we all long for. A New World Coming.

Christmas reminds us that our greatest need, yours and mine, our country’s, our world’s greatest need is not more stuff, not more education, not more healthcare, not more_____, our greatest need is a Savior.


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