If Christmas teaches us anything it teaches us . . .?
What is Christmas all about, really? Most Christians will answer Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. You know what? This is true. Yet, let us ponder deeply what the birth of Christ reveals about the character of God.
Ultimately, Christmas teaches us God is faithful to all of His promises. Christmas teaches us God keeps His word no matter what!
God first promised the birth of Christ immediately following the fall of our spiritual parents, Adam and Eve, stating one would come from lineage to “crush the head” of humanity’s chief enemy, Satan (Genesis 3:15). God promised Abraham one would come from him who would bless the nations (Genesis 12:1-4) and Paul tells this person was Jesus (Galatians 3:29). God spoke through Moses saying he would bring forth a leader like Him from among the Jewish people (Deuteronomy 18:8). God told David there would be one from His lineage who would sit his throne forever (2 Samuel 7:12-13).
All of these promises had obstacles. Abraham lacked faith and had a child by Hagar. Her son, Ishmael, was a threat to God’s promise of Isaac by whose lineage Jesus was born (Galatians 3:23-24). The children of Israel lacked faith after the Exodus. As a result, they had to wait a generation to enter the Promise Land. Yet, because of God’s faithfulness Joshua’s generation entered the Promise Land. God throughout the centuries was still faithful to the promise He gave to Moses by making Jesus the leader of God’s people. And Jesus’ faithfulness was even greater than that of Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6)). David sinned with Bathsheba, but God chose Solomon to succeed David as King. Despite Israel losing the Kingdom due the unfaithfulness of Israel and Judah’s kings over the centuries, God was steadfast in faithfulness by sending Jesus to be born through the kingly lineage being born to Mary. Centuries later, Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promise to David!
All of Scripture points to God’s faithfulness to fulfill His promises despite overwhelming obstacles. In this light, Christmas is the celebration of God’s faithfulness to His promises. Ultimately, all of God’s promises are fulfilled in Christ. No wonder the Apostle Paul tells us, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)
If God is faithful to His promise in Christ, we can count on God’s faithfulness in all of our lives as well. Jesus Christ, born into the world; a resounding record of God’s faithfulness to His promises for His people.