Why do we have Christmas? Is it a holiday created to give and get gifts, to have an excuse to eat and drink a lot, to spend time with family? Some of you may know that Christmas was originally the celebration of the birth of Jesus, and it still is to many people, including me.
However, the birth of Jesus wouldn’t be overly significant if there was no reason to celebrate Easter.
Why is there Easter?
Easter is not about the Easter Bunny and finding hidden eggs. Although those can be fun, Easter is about Jesus’ death, and more importantly, His resurrection.
Why is His death important?
To answer this question, we have to go back to the beginning. The first people, Adam and Eve, were created by God as perfect and sinless. However, they were deceived and disobeyed God (sinned against Him) and brought sin and death into the world because of their sin.
God and sin cannot be together. The penalty for sin is death; that is, eternal death, or in other words, eternal separation from God. Since people had now become sinful, we deserve death. God is just, so although He is also merciful, He cannot allow our sins to go unpunished. However, God loved us so much that despite our sinful ways, He made a way for us to be with Him. That way out was even hinted at as early as the time of the first sin.
That way was for Him to come down to be with us as one of us, as a human being, to die for us. That man, conceived of the Holy Spirit (the “virgin birth”), was named Jesus. Jesus was intended to be the “ultimate sacrifice” for mankind, so that we wouldn’t have to take the penalty of sin; think of it like your friend offering to take your punishment for you. The requirements for this sacrifice is that he is a man, because sin entered the world through one man, and that he is sinless, because someone who commits even a single sin deserves death. Jesus was a man, and being God, lived a sinless life, and so was a fitting sacrifice.
Why is His resurrection important?
If Jesus had only died, then there would be no assurance that He could keep any of the promises He made. His resurrection showed that He was indeed God and was the master of life, and was thus capable of saving us from eternal death; this is why I say that His resurrection is even more important.
Is everyone saved because of Jesus’ death?
No. Jesus’ blood is sufficient for all to be saved, but salvation is a gift that must be accepted, a choice that must be made. To accept this gift means to admit that you’re a sinner and believe that Jesus died for your sins, and to ask Him to come into your life and let Him work in you. This is a choice I urge you to make if you haven’t already made it.
How does this relate to Christmas?
Simply put, Jesus could not have died if He had not been born, and without His death, we’d have no hope of being saved from our sins. Without Christmas, there wouldn’t be Easter, however, without Easter, there wouldn’t be any point to Christmas.
In a few words, Christmas is insignificant without Easter because Jesus’ purpose was to die in our place for our sins. You may not agree with me, or even believe it, but I believe this to be true, and I stand firmly by it.
Merry Christmas, everyone, and may you think about this as you engage in your festivities!
Many thanks to BibleGateway.com for the verses.