Christmas is a season that captures many meanings and is celebrated through as many customs in the 21st century. From the commercial to the spiritual, Christmas continues to open a doorway to a sense of joy and wonder for all who engage with this festive season.
At the centre of the commercial and cultural expressions of Christmas is a story that transcends our celebrations by opening a doorway to so much more...
Christmas is a doorway to a SERVANT
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled." (Luke 1:38)
Mary was called by God and given a promise that would open a doorway for her to become a servant of His redemptive purpose for humankind. Her calling to be the servant of the Most High found its fulfillment in two key factors - God's power and Mary's obedience.
Christmas is a doorway to a SON
"You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High." (Luke 1:31-32)
The Christmas story opened a doorway to two sons. A prophetic pathway was opened to John the Baptist to declare the coming of Jesus Christ and a redemptive pathway was opened through Jesus Christ to declare the coming of God's kingdom.
Christmas is a doorway to a SIGN
"This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." (Luke 1:12)
The baby lying in the manger was the doorway to a sign that fulfilled the long awaited prophesy of the coming Messiah. God became one of us through the Christ Child who revealed the fullness of God in human flesh and was a symbol of hope for all humankind.
Christmas is a doorway to a SAVIOUR"For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations." (Luke 2:30-31)
Upon seeing Jesus in the temple Simeon's eyes were opened to the salvation of the Lord. The Christmas story is the manifestation of God's salvation plan through Jesus Christ, opening a doorway to a Saviour for all who would believe that Jesus is Lord!