How precious is the birth of Christ to you? Does the mere thought of it bring you to your knees? Are you in complete awe and wonder as you read:
“The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”
Christmas is the time of year when believers celebrate the birth of Christ, but do we really take the time to understand how extravagant and magnificent this God-child was? Are we kneeling at the manger begging God to show us just how intricate this birth was and what it should compel us to do?
Charles Spurgeon discussed the intricacies of Isaiah 9:6, in a sermon of his called “The Christmas Question”:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Spurgeon’s focus is on the words “a son is given” and what they mean for us as believers. Jesus was not only born, he was also given. The divine God becoming a man was a gift, and not only a gift to be celebrated, that should be evident in the life of every human being that identifies as a believer in this God-man.
But what does his birth signify, why was it important for Creator to enter creation specifically in this way? Spurgeon says “If this Child is born for you, you are born again… Only men who are born again can claim the babe in Bethlehem as theirs.” Because of the birth of Christ, this perfect being taking on flesh, we as people of the flesh are able to be born again as well. The words of Jesus to a curious Nicodemus take on an entirely new light when viewed at the foot of the manger. Jesus said, “No one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” Little did Nicodemus know that the one he was speaking to was the way through which he could be born again. The very one who had “come from Heaven” (v.13) was speaking to Nicodemus about how to reach heaven. Jesus Christ truly is the only way. Celebrating the birth of Christ should not only be a time of appreciation and thanks, it should be a time where we realize the immense, heaven-to-earth kind of love that God has for us in giving us this gift of His Son.
Jesus is not only a means to live eternally, for eternity with no purpose is a waste. Jesus gives us, through his birth, access to an everlasting view of the greatness, majesty, and glory of God the Creator.
We, as Christians, are born again. The fruit of this new birth should be as evident as the majesty of Christ was to his disciples and those who saw his ministry. Christmas should cause us to reflect on the fruits that are evident in our own lives and sanctification processes. Do those who spend the most time with you know that you are a follower of Christ? Do you seek the things of the Kingdom of God or the things of this world?
If you have not been born again, I would urge you to catch just a glimpse of the Creator that entered into creation as a child. Look at the wonder of the everlasting God giving you this precious gift of His Son.
Because He was born, you can be born again. (John 3:3)
Because He was given, you can be set free. (John 8:36)
Because He is a Son, you can be a child of God. (John 1:12)
Because He was made sin, you can access righteousness. (2 Cor. 5:21)
God, in the flesh, was born into a sinful world amongst the powers of darkness to a poor carpenter and a virgin in order to birth you into a brand new creation. This is not something to be taken lightly or something that we paint on an ornament and hang on a tree for 25 days only to be taken down and stuffed in our attics for the rest of the year. This intense moment in history when the Son was finally given to us, should fill our every moment. Spurgeon says “Are you given up to Christ? Do you feel that you have nothing on earth to live for but to glorify Him?” We should live as new creations because of the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ. His life should be evident in ours as well. This Christmas, I urge you to not only stand in awe of the birth of Christ and what it means for us, but to live in awe of what He has done for us. Let your every breath, every word you speak, every move you make, be done for the glory of Christ and the remembrance of His life.
Meghan Gagliano is the children’s minister at Pleasant Home Baptist Church. She had the opportunity to serve for the summer of 2017 in Japan. She works to equip the children in her community to reach out to their friends with the hope of Jesus Christ.
 “A Christmas Question,” Charles Spurgeon, preached December 25, 1859, courtesy of The Gospel Project.