Christmas can be kind of a cute holiday, right? Scenes of fluffy, white snow; sugar plums dancing; and sweet baby Jesus all cozy in a manger. Christmas brings to mind pictures of innocence, childlike wonder, and hope for happiness everywhere. There’s nothing wrong with this: after all, this season is a great time to remember the promise of a future with no more pain and suffering.
But it’s also a time for remembering why Christmas exists in the first place. Jesus was born to die. In Romans 5, Paul described Jesus’ mission to earth this way:
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
—Romans 5:8 (NLT)
Through Christmas, God demonstrates His love on a personal leve, and He did this by making a sacrifice we would know about. Without Jesus, we wouldn’t understand God’s love. We wouldn’t understand God’s forgiveness. Love must be shown to be known. This week, take a moment to pray and thank God for sending His Son—for His life on earth and for His demonstration of love on the cross.