While many people are thinking of carols, presents, and festive gatherings, Christmas makes me think of salvation and Easter. Jesus very reason for living on this earth was to bring salvation to everyone willing to accept it. The salvation He offered and still offers today is not based on a person’s social status, monetary worth, or political standings. Salvation is offered to those who are willing to be humble and submit to the truth that Heaven cannot be attained without accepting Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. He is the key to Heaven’s gates, nothing else will open them.
Some people who heard Jesus’ preaching embraced it immediately, knowing how much His invitation to a different way of life would change them and heal their broken places (Matthew 9:12-13). Others heard His message and scoffed at it. To accept His view of Heaven and the access He said everyone had to His Father went against all of the teaching and laws they upheld (Matthew 9:1-3).
Anyone who hears the news of Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection and chooses to accept the grace and mercy He offers to them is welcome into Heaven itself (Luke 23:43, Revelation 2:7). As I said before, the salvation that comes through Christ is not based on who we are, what we do, where we live, it is based on what Christ has already done on the Cross (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Before anyone thinks that Heaven is available through any other means than Christ remember that no one other than Jesus has fulfilled the Biblical prophesies spoken about Him, some written 800 years before He was born. The probability of which is astronomical. Let me put it this way:
1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus!
When I look at Christmas, I think about this fact. Everyone has access to Jesus, Some will accept salvation through Him and some will not. Anyone who thinks that Heaven is accessible through another route is only fooling themselves. No one else, but Jesus, Dear Ones, no one else can, has, or will fulfill the prophesies of Christ, except for Christ Himself. Christmas holds so much more than carols, presents, festivities, and a tree. It points to the Son of God on the Cross- the Tree- dying for you and for me.
The question comes then, what will you do with the Jesus of Christmas? Will you leave Him as the cute baby in the manger, the little doll to put away after the holidays are over? Will you embrace His offer of eternal life? His offer of mercy, love, forgiveness, grace, and restorative healing that only comes through His sacrifice. Jesus holds it out to you today, it’s a question of whether you will accept it or dismiss it.
(for more information, check out the book The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel)