Though the promised birth of YaHuSHuWaH may have occurred during the holiday ofSukkot (Tabernacles), with the incarnation occurring during Chanukah (the Festival of Light), many people of good faith and intentions observe the traditional date of December 25th. Regardless of your particular conviction surrounding the date of Messiah’s birth, however, the most important point is that he was born to die (Heb. 10:5-7).
Indeed, the story of his birth is only significant in relation to His sacrificial death (Mark 8:27-33). The “manger” scene leads directly to the cross. That’s the old “gospel story” itself, that “YaHuWaH so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
This matter is of “first importance,” namely that YaHuSHuWaH was born to die for our sins, to make us right with YaHuWaH, and was raised from the dead to vindicate the righteousness ofYaHuWaH (1 Cor. 15:3-5). His birth (or rather His incarnation) was the “first step” toward His sacrifice for our deliverance (Heb. 2:9-18).
And while “Christmas” is customarily the time that many people observe the birth of the Savior, it is surely appropriate to celebrate YaHuSHuWaH’s glory as our risen King and Lord every day of our lives…. May we all take time to reflect upon the profound gift of the One who was so great that He emptied Himself (κένωσις) of all His regal glory and power to be clothed in human flesh in order to die as our sin offering before the Father.