This Christmas, as with most, you’ll exchange gifts, hugs & well-wishes. And though you may not even step into a church or see any nativity scenes this year, perhaps your Christmas celebration may have more to do with Jesus than you think!
Why? Well, Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, and on that very day, the greatest of all exchanges happened. God not only gives us the greatest gift in Jesus, he exchanges it for all our terribleness, our selfishness, our rebelliousness. We have all said, “I don’t need you, God, go away”, and God could have left us with just that – “life” without him, that leads to death – but He didn’t.
“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” – CS Lewis
When Jesus, the Son of God, exchanged heaven to come to earth, this is what became possible: we exchanged separation from God with a relationship with God. We exchanged our naughty for Jesus’ nice. We exchanged death for life. We exchanged war for peace. We exchanged sorrow for joy.
Christmas is only special because of what it reminds us of: that God actually, in history, became a man. This is no fairytale, no North-Pole-dwelling myth; He existed, he was born, he lived, he died, and he rose again. Christmas reminds us that Jesus was real.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
So there is joy that doesn’t fade away with the last notes of carols sung. There is a gift that will never spoil or become outdated. There is peace that goes beyond any circumstance, good or bad. And there is life that goes beyond death. God offers us the greatest exchange ever known to mankind in the form of Jesus, but exchanges don’t happen unless we are willing to make them.
So this Christmas, as we exchange gifts, hugs & well-wishes, won’t you also consider the greatest exchange of all?