The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
There is much that can be said about the birth of Jesus but let's look specifically at these few verses to highlight just a few points as to why the birth of Jesus matters.
1. He is the light in the darkness. If you find yourself in a place where all hope is lost, His birth provided the solution for you. John describes His coming into the world as light coming into the world; light for everyone. The birth of Jesus matters because it gives us hope that there is a way ahead for us; a way ahead out of any dark situation or circumstance because of Him. Let the light of Jesus penetrate you, guide you, and show you the way ahead.
2. He entered the world that He made. If ever you doubt the love of God, the cross of Calvary should be looked at, in the heart, to see the ultimate demonstration of love, as Jesus gave up His life for us. The manger of Bethlehem can also be a place to cast our focus. There we see the one who made the world not just glancing at it from a great distance, but actually fully entered in to it. He didn't descend in a regal delegation from heaven; instead He took on the very flesh of our existence and chose to enter the very life that we live. The birth of Jesus matters because it demonstrates the love of God towards us in that He became one of us.
3. He came to be received. In receiving Jesus we become children of God, born of God. This is a remarkable gift! And a gift is exactly what it is. This is not something that we could ever earn or deserve; and we are not expected to try to that end. We are invited to simply receive. The birth of Jesus matters because the purpose of His coming was not to force himself upon mankind but rather to give us the choice of receiving Him.
4. His birth was the beginning of a life that would unveil the glory of God. Everything that Jesus did and said unveiled something of the character and splendour of God to mankind. If you need your spirits lifted, read about Jesus; meditate upon Jesus; it can elevate your focus as you receive glimpses of God's glory. The birth of Jesus matters because it gave us someone to look upon to see the glory of God.
Has the birth of Jesus become a story that has lost its impact? Can I take some time to think upon it today to see the beauty of Jesus and be thankful in my heart? Do I need to receive the gift of Jesus afresh in my heart today?
Thank you Lord Jesus for the light that you brought into the world. Thank you that you came into the world and became one of us. Thank you that I can receive you in my heart and that through you the glory of God is unveiled.