Each one of the characters we have read about this month in the genealogy of Christ Jesus did one of two things; they either had burnt offerings and sacrifices being made for their sin through the shedding of animal blood, or they rejected the Laws of God and did not deal with their sin.
But even through the shedding of animal blood, the sin itself was not dealt with. It was covered, but animal blood cannot remove sin.
Now the long awaited Savior has come to earth.
God became flesh – the One who was there before time, who spoke the world into existence and created man in His own image – now comes to earth in the form of a baby; born to poor parents, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.
Worshiped by humbled shepherds, He was later rejected and despised by men and eventually brutally treated and hung on a cross – all this because He was the only one who could remove our sins.
Like all of the lambs that were sacrificed through the Old Testament, Jesus Christ was the perfect spotless Lamb that was sacrificed for us.
His death on the cross was the punishment for our sins. Sin demands a payment, and because He loves us so much He came to earth as a baby so that He could pay that payment.
But He did not stay dead! Three days later He rose from the grave – a conqueror over death because He was perfect – sinless – and death had no power over Him.
Through the birth, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus the need for people to bring their burnt offerings and sacrifices ended with the obedience of Him going to the cross as our sacrifice.
The punishment for the things that we do wrong – our sin – is death, but the gift that God offers us is eternal life through His son the Lord Jesus Christ.
This gift is a free gift – just like you receive a Christmas present and the gift becomes yours; this gift of eternal life is yours if you receive it.
“… if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
As we celebrate this Christmas day with our loved ones, let us not forget the greatest gift; that of our precious Lord Jesus coming to earth as a baby so that He could go to the cross to save us.