The true meaning of Christmas is love. "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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him." (John 3:16-17).
The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love that God became a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ.
As is written in Philippians chapter 2, Jesus took "the very nature of a servant" and humbled Himself by adding human attributes to His divine nature. He took on the frailty of a human body and chose to lay aside the independent exercise of His divine power, submitting perfectly to His Father's will for the duration of His earthly life and ministry.
Why did God do such a thing? Because He loves us and we needed a Saviour!
Why does God love us so much? "God is love" says 1 John 4:8, so His nature is perfect love.
Why do we celebrate Christmas each year? Out of gratitude for what God did for us, we remember His birth by giving each other gifts, worshipping Him, and being especially conscious of the poor and less fortunate.
The true meaning of Christmas is love and God revealed His love us by providing a way – the only Way – for us to spend eternity with Him.
He gave His only Son to take our punishment for our sins. He paid the price in full, and we are free from condemnation when we accept that free gift of love. "But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
Why did Jesus have to be born of a virgin? Scripture teaches that Jesus was fully human, with a physical body like ours. This He received from Mary (Luke 1:30,35). At the same time, Jesus was fully God, with an eternal, sinless nature (John 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 2:14-17.) If He was not born sinless then Jesus was in no position to save anyone from the consequences of their sin.
The Virgin Birth circumvented the transmission of the sin nature and allowed the eternal God to become a perfect man and thus be able to pay in full the price for our sin so that we can be declared not guilty before a holy God. Christmas was all about giving us the greatest gift in this life- eternal life. •