Today, millions of Christians will choose to celebrate the greatest gift ever given to mankind.
A little over 2,000 years ago, the Son of God put on human flesh, being miraculously conceived in Mary. Approximately nine months later, the King of kings was born into humble conditions in the town of Bethlehem, just as prophesied by the prophet Micah.
Jesus was not simply born so we could enjoy a heart-warming account every year at this time.
Among other reasons, He came to appease the wrath of God by dying for our sins on the Cross.
Then, as He promised, He rose from the dead three days later demonstrating His power over death and giving the hope of eternal life to all who repent of their sins and place their faith in Him.
Christians often disagree about some of the particulars concerning Christ’s birth, such as the precise timing and location, but what is the appropriate response to the greatest gift ever given? Perhaps the best way to answer this question would be to look at how the angels and people responded on the night of His birth.
The angels rejoiced and praised God when Christ was born. The shepherds did the same. And while we may not know the precise day on which He was born, like the angels and shepherds, Christians can praise God for sending His Son into the world to save us from our sins.
When we think about these truths, how can we do anything but rejoice?