Advent Devotional: Why Does Christmas Give Us Great Joy?

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14 NIVUK).

Christmas is a focal point of the seasonal cycle of celebrations of the Christian year. The celebration brings us hope and joy for now, for the future, and for the life after death. We celebrate Christmas with great joy because Christ was born for us. It is one of several ways by which God reveals Himself to us and so that we might know Him and participate in Christ’s work with joy and peace and confidence.

The triune God has, in grace, created us male and female in His image that we might find our true being in intimate communion with Him and with one another. After the fall, human beings went astray, coming under the natural law of death and continuing in corruption. Christ was born and died on the cross for our sins. He rose again and became our great High Priest. The dual nature of divinity and humanity of Christ makes Him understandable and approachable. Through the union of the immortal Son of God with our human nature, we are not only capable of escaping from the law of death, we can be clothed with incorruption in the promise of the resurrection. Moreover, Christ takes our prayers as His prayers and intercedes for us in front of God while we are in the world. Even though we do not know what we ought to pray for, the Spirit intercedes for us through wordless groans. We can live a life of communion with God through the gift of Jesus Christ in the Spirit. That is why Christmas matters and why we celebrate it with great joy.

Matthew Liang is an international student attending Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Susan, and their daughters, Jenny and Christy, have attended WFMC since 2013.