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There are over one thousand one hundred verses in the Gospel of Luke. Of that number, only seven pertain to the birth of Jesus. In the same chapter, no less, there are more verse pertaining to the interaction between the angels and the shepherds (thirteen) than to the birth of our Lord into this world. Is there any significance to this? Whatever it might be, the Holy Spirit said nothing concerning it’s significance.

That there is significance can’t be minimized, for without the baby Jesus coming into the world, our Savior (Luke 2:11) there would not be! The importance of this, however, is less on His birth, and more on His mission. Paul said that Jesus came into the world to save sinner “of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15)!  His significance is obvious to all who reflect on God’s saving mission through His Son.

With such little attention given to the events surrounding the birth of our Lord, and comparing that attention with the attention the Holy Spirit gives to the last week of our Lord’s life on earth, especially the last remaining hours, perhaps there ought to be a new sort of “Christmas.” This type of “Christmas” would put no emphasis on the material gifts given to loved ones and friends, but would place a significant weight and importance on the singular spiritual gift that has no price a created being can pay. A gift that, in truth, cost more than anyone can possibly imagine.

Jesus, born into this world of sin, lived in accordance with the Father’s will perfectly, having no sin to taint against Him spiritually, died an innocent man at the hands of cruel sinners, was raised on the third day, sitting on the right hand of the Father. Now that’s a Christmas worth celebrating!