Why Christmas?

William C. Brownson

Read: 1 Timothy 1:15

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

Cur Deus homo?” “Why did God become man?” That was life’s greatest question for one of the church’s finest thinkers, the medieval Christian theologian Anselm. It’s a question that many of us ask when the miracle of Jesus’ birth first grips us. Here is the most stupendous thought ever to occupy our minds—that the eternal God, maker of the heavens and the earth, should stoop to share our life, and be born as a human child!

Why? Why would God do such a thing? Why did the Son of the Most High lay aside his glory, take on human flesh, and move into our neighborhood?

Paul quotes the answer given by the very first Christians: “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” It was already a household word among them when Paul reminded Timothy about it. Then Paul adds his word of personal witness: “of whom I am the foremost.”

Jesus came from heaven on a mission to redeem. That was the message of the angels on that first night. Joy to the world! A redeemer has been born who will one day die for us and rise again. Jesus is the Savior for all who, like Paul, know that they are sinners and put their trust in him. —Bill Brownson

As you pray, thank God for coming to save you, and reflect on why God deemed it necessary for his Son to become human.