Well, Christmas time is over. We took our tree down last night. There has been one reflection this year that has really stuck with me. It is that the Christmas story is for us, and by that I mean it is for all of us.
Luke 2:10 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
The message is for all people. What does that mean? That means the message is for everyone. The message is for black, white, rich, poor, Jew, Muslim, gay, straight, tall, short, all people. The Christmas message is for everyone, BUT it is not about any of us. So who is it about?
Luke 2:11 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
The Story is about Jesus. So it is for us (all of us), but it is about Jesus. While the story is for everyone, not everyone will experience the story of Christmas. Only those who know the savior truly experience the story. John’s version of the Christmas story goes like this:
John 3:16 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John states it is for all people “For God so loved the world…” and the story of a savior being born “that he gave his one and only Son” then he tells us who not only experiences the story, but who gets the greatest gift (eternal life). It is for those who believe IN HIM. It is not merely belief, it is belief in Jesus Christ the way, the truth, and the life, the only way to have eternal life. That is good news for all people.