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.

“The Gift of Christmas”

God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If He gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.
Pope Francis