“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:5-7)(ESV).
The central fact that Christians focus on during Christmas is the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
God humbled himself to become a man who would live with us and die for us so that He could abide in us.
The good news of Christianity is that the God of the universe comes to us in a very personal way to save us and to live in us.
The best part of this is that it is a free gift from God. He has done all of the work because He loves us and wants us to know him and to experience a life of true fulfilment and purpose.
We are simply called to admit our sinful condition, turn away from it and toward our God, and accept this free gift of salvation.
Then Jesus Christ will become our Lord and Savior, our Immanuel (God with us). He will abide in us. And He will call upon us to exhibit the life of love and self-sacrificial service that He perfectly modeled for us from the day of his incarnation.
The message of Christmas is one of a God who loved us enough to humble himself, to live among us and to die for us.
It is a call for us to accept his “present,” the greatest gift the world has ever known.
And finally, it is a call to demonstrate his love for us in the way we treat others who were made in his image, not only during the Christmas season but throughout the year.