Christmas is one of the greatest holidays in the history of the world. The other great holiday is Easter. However, without Christmas there would not be an Easter celebration. Christians everywhere celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ because he is our Savior. At Christmas time we think of Jesus Christ in different ways:
1. Jesus Christ: The Son of Abraham. As the son of Abraham, Jesus is the promised seed through whom all the nations of the earth will be blessed:
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ" (Galatians 3:16).
2. Jesus Christ: The Son of David. As the son of David, Jesus is the promised king of Israel, the anointed one of God. As king, Jesus came to reign in the hearts of men and women everywhere:
"He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David" (Luke 1:32).
3. Jesus Christ: The Son of Joseph. As the son of Joseph, Jesus is the Son of Man, the one who took upon Himself human nature and who came to carry on His cross the pains and sufferings of humanity:
"Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death" (Hebrews 2:14).
4. Jesus Christ: The Son of God. As the Son of God, Jesus was sent by the Father to tell human beings of God’s love and to save those who believe in Him:
"For God so loved the world,1 that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him" (John 3:16-17).
I take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a happy and blessed Christmas. May the Christ of Christmas bring you love, joy, happiness, and an abundance of blessings this Christmas. And may the New Year bring God’s grace to you every day.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary