The Christmas story is the account of how the Eternal Son of God became one of us whenever he was born in Bethlehem.
It happened this way: Mary, his mother, became pregnant by means of the Holy Spirit and gave birth to Jesus, her firstborn son, who is also God the Son.
The reason God the Son became one of us was in order to save his people from the condemnation they deserve.
We all deserve to be condemned by God because we’re sinners who sin against God by disobeying his commandments. However, because God is love, he sent his Son to save his people from condemnation.
And so, the Son of God became one of us in order to lay down his life to pay for our sins and to purchase our salvation.
After he died, he was raised from the dead to live forever. And he promises forgiveness and eternal life to all who trust in him as the only Saviour of the world.
You can read the Christmas story in the Bible in Matthew 1+2 and Luke 1+2. Since the Bible is the word of God, it is the duty of everyone to receive and to believe what the Bible says.
The reason people do not believe the Bible and do not trust in Jesus is not because the message of the Bible is false. After all, the Bible is God’s word and everything he says is true.
No, the reason people do not believe the Bible and do not trust in Jesus is because they’re sinners who suppress the truth about God. If they were not sinners, then they would immediately believe everything the Bible says and would trust in Jesus.
And so, if you do not yet believe, the reason for your unbelief is not because the Bible’s message is false. It’s because you’re a sinner and up to now you have been suppressing the truth about God.
But the good news is that God the Son came into the world to save sinners by his death on the cross. He took the blame for sinners so they can be forgiven.
And so, you should now turn to God in prayer and ask him to forgive you for the sake of Jesus who died for sinners. Whoever believes in him will not perish, but will have eternal life (John 3:16).
You’re invited to come to Immanuel Presbyterian Church any Sunday in order to find out more about trusting in Jesus, who is God the Son who became one of us.