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Why do we Celebrate Christmas?

Martin Luther


Christ's Mission on Earth

Therefore your minds must be clear and ready for action. Place your confidence completely in what  God’s kindness will bring you when Jesus Christ appears again. 1 Peter 1:13 

The Gospel tells us who Christ is. Through  it, we learn that He is our Savior. He delivers us from sin and death, helps us out of all misfortune, reconciles us to the Father, makes us godly, and saves us apart from our own works. Anyone who doesn’t acknowledge Christ in this way will fail. 

For even if you already know that He is God’s  Son, that He died, rose again, and sits at the right hand of the Father, you still haven’t known Christ in the right way. This knowledge doesn’t help you. You must also know and believe that He has done all of this for your sake -- in order to help you. Some have contemplated only Christ’s pain and suffering and mistakenly think He is now sitting in heaven with nothing to do, enjoying himself.  As a result, faith cannot come alive, and their hearts remain barren. 

We should not think the Lord Christ  belongs to Himself alone. We must preach that He also belongs to us. Otherwise, why would it have been necessary for Him to come to earth and shed His blood?  As Jesus said, “God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world” (John 3: 17). So Jesus must have accomplished what the Father sent him to do. 

God sent to earth not only Christ’s divine nature,  but also His human nature. As soon as He was baptized, He began what He had been sent to the world to accomplish. God sent Him to proclaim the truth and win us over so that all who believe in Him would be saved. 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and  only Son, that whoever believed in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John. 3: 16


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