For some the story of Christmas is one of drinking and partying. For others it is a story of a big, fat man in a red suit. And for others still, it is nothing more than an excuse to run up charges on a credit card. But, from a biblical perspective, the story of Christmas is far more than any of this. The Bible tells us in Matthew 1:21, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” We find from this verse alone that Christmas is a story of the salvation of sinners. We know that our sin has separated us from God, as stated in Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, And your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” We know that we’ve sinned and our sin has separated us from God. Now what?
We were all sinners and needed an Advocate and atonement. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was willing and able to be that atonement. Luke 5:31-32 says, “And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” The only reason Christ came was to bring man back to God. And, as written in John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” There has never been and will never be a way to God without Jesus Christ. Christ was, is, and always will be calling man to Himself. That’s what Christmas is all about. It is truly a story of the salvation of sinners.