The “ultimate issues” of life include, “why are we here,” “what is our purpose,” and “what is beyond this life?” Answers to these issues unfold in the Bible, where we are told of the Creator’s intent to have a relationship with His creation. But mankind’s rebellion created a separation from the Creator that required a Redeemer to bring things back to how the Creator intended. That Redeemer is identified through prophetic texts that predict His miraculous conception (Isaiah 7:14), His birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), His suffering for our sins (Isaiah 53:1-11), and His resurrection from the dead (Psalm 16:10).
The story of Bethlehem marks the beginning of the Creator fulfilling His promises. The innocent baby, threatened from the beginning by forces of evil, grew up to fulfill His role as the Redeemer. Bethlehem led to Calvary, and the two cannot be separated. Jesus, the Redeemer, said, “The Son of Man came…to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).
We thank God, our Creator, for giving us life, and giving us the chance for eternal life if we trust in Jesus. This Christmas season we celebrate the faithfulness of God, who has done everything necessary to answer the ultimate issues of life. What is it that our Creator now asks of us? What are we to do? Simple: “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
From John & Laurie Stewart
Rolling Stone Ministries