'Tis the Season

1 John 3:8 - He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

 

 

“Jesus is the reason for the season” is a popular slogan, especially around Christmas time. However, something is missing - the question - Jesus is the reason to what? What are people trying to convey when they claim that Jesus is the reason for the season?

 

Jesus is the answer to our broken relationship with God. When God created Adam and Eve, they enjoyed perfect fellowship with Him. But, Adam sinned and disobeyed God, thereby bringing death into the world (Genesis 3:8–19). Here, we aren’t talking about just physical death, but spiritual as well. Mankind’s relationship with God is broken - but don’t fret! God provided a cover for Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21) and promised a Redeemer would come and defeat Satan and reconcile God and man (Genesis 3:15). The books of the Old Testament reveal God’s plan to save humanity, while the New Testament shows us that Jesus is the Redeemer who atoned for our sin and restores the possibility of relationship with God.

 

On this wonderful day of Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus, let’s remember what He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 ).

 

Jesus is the answer - in fact, the only answer - to our damaged relationship with God. Without Jesus, there is no salvation for us (Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5–6). Also, Romans 5:10 reminds us that, with Jesus, God’s enemies were made His friends and given life: “If, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”

 

Jesus is our connection to God. It is Jesus who makes it possible for our sins to be forgiven and for us to be children of God (John 1:12–13). It is Jesus who fixes our relationship with God so that we can follow Him and worship Him in fellowship during our lifetimes, as well as eventually live with Him forever.

 

Jesus is the answer to our guilty consciences and thoughts. Even after we are saved, we still sin and experience the consequences of sin. Sin keeps us from being in full fellowship with God, but remember, we have His promise: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

 

Jesus “washes our feet” of daily impurities, even after we have been “fully bathed” (see John 13:10).

 

Jesus is the reason we can receive forgiveness - He is the answer to our sin.

 

Jesus is also the answer to our broken relationships with each other. When Adam and Eve sinned, not only did they break their relationship with God, but they also damaged their relationship with each other (see Genesis 3:12, 16). Think about it - Humans have been struggling in relationship to one another ever since this sin occurred (see Genesis 4:8). This breakdown manifests in various ways. For example, in the New Testament era, there was a major division between Gentiles and Jews.

 

Jesus is the answer to all unpleasantness: “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups [Jew and Gentile] one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility. . . . His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you [Gentiles] who were far away and peace to those [Jews] who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit” (Ephesians 2:14–18; cf. Galatians 3:26–29).

 

Jesus is the reason to love one another humbly and sacrificially (John 13:34–35).

Jesus is the reason for unity among believers and all (John 17), a unity embraced by the early church (Acts 8 and 10). Jesus is the answer to turmoil - because through Him we are forgiven, we can also forgive each other for things.

 

Jesus is the reason our existence is not meaningless. The writer of Ecclesiastes describes the meaninglessness of worldly pursuits apart from God. If we are spiritually dead, life is ultimately empty and pointless. Nothing in this world will fully satisfy us (see Psalm 73:25). But, with Jesus, we have purpose. He said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

 

Jesus is the reason we are invited to be part of God’s work in the world, tasked with sharing the gospel and making disciples (Matthew 28:18–20). We can do nothing apart from Jesus, but in Him we bear much fruit (John 15:5).

 

Jesus is the reason we should have no worries or doubts. Life involves hardship, and with that comes worry and fear. Jesus is the reason we can have no fear, as He told His followers, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

 

Jesus is the reason we have the Holy Spirit to live with us forever (John 14:15–21; 16:7–15). Jesus is the reason we are not alone.

 

Jesus is the answer to our heartache. He is able to sympathize with us because He has lived a human life in this broken world (Hebrews 4:15–16).

 

Jesus is the reason we have peace and are equipped to endure, and even rejoice in, the hardships of this life (James 1:2–5).

 

A day is coming when all of the problems in the world will be solved; everything will be made new, and peace will reign. This is because of Jesus. We eagerly await His return, trusting that “the Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

 

So… Jesus is the reason. To what? Jesus is the answer for our lives today, and He promises a better future to come! Merry Christmas all!