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The Significance of Christmas

This isn't an article to promote superficial symbols adopted by mainstream media and pushed by capitalists to exploit the emotions of those who lack specific luxuries or even common material goods. This is not about "Christmas spirit" or "holiday cheer" but rather more fulfilling concepts.

Christmas is significant because it is how we remember the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It represents a radical idea tied to the Gospel itself. Here is the notion that God would lower Himself to the state of a humble servant and dwell among us. The Creator, instead of being completely disgusted by His creation and turning His back on us, has decided to enter into that creation so that He may redeem some. Christ became a curse for our sake:

Galatians 3:13
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

He paid the greatest of prices, serving as the propitiation for our sins (penal substitutionary atonement), and He gives us salvation as a free gift:

Ephesians 2:8-9
8 for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, the gift of God;
9 not of works, that no man should glory.

When all of the other major world religions and even certain cults that masquerade as Christian tell us we have to do something in order to be saved, Christ appears, pays the bill in full and ends our personal war against God:

2 Corinthians 5:21
21 Him who knew no sin he made sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Through Christ we have been made righteous so for this Christmas season, take it easy with the shopping list and the payslip. We have a much greater reason to rejoice, one that doesn't require your checkbook or even a birth certificate.