Our faith in the Lord is made possible because Jesus was born, and we celebrate His birth on Christmas Day because He is the promised saviour and God’s gift to us. Our faith in Him begins with Christmas faith.
After their exile from the Garden of Eden, God promised Adam and Eve that He would send someone to restore their personal relationship with Him and deliver them from the curse of this world. This curse is that we are now separated from God and in the presence of, and under the influence of, the devil.
Jesus is the “Word” spoken by God, and in Revelations 19:13 the Bible says, “He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” Then in Matthew 3:17 God confirms that Jesus is this promise when right after John baptised Him in water, God says , “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
Why is this important to Christian faith? Because God is a Spirit and we communicate to Him by our spirit and through His Spirit. Although we talk to Him verbally, it’s our spirits that are connected to His and so even though we live in this world, we can still be with the Lord in our spirits. But not by our spirit alone.
When Jesus died on the cross, He not only went into Hell, broke the chains of death and set the captives free, but He returned to Heaven to be with God our Father, and then He sent His Spirit to live in us. His Holy Spirit in us tells Him our prayers and praises, and also receives messages from God and gives them to us.
Even though His Spirit lives wholly in us, what He can do is limited by our knowledge and trust in Him. So, to allow His Spirit to work through us, we must develop our faith in God by studying the Bible – which is Rhema, the written Word of God – and having a constant relationship with Him. We talk to Him throughout the day, praise Him and thank Him for the good things in our lives. We see sick or injured people and we pray for them, and we lift others up in prayer who aren’t saved. This builds our relationship with Jesus because we are doing the things that He did as we carry on His mission, and this pleases Him.
It’s no different than a relationship we have with someone on earth. We have things in common, we talk often, share private issues, laugh and cry together and call each other friends. In this same light, Jesus is a friend – and the best friend we could ever have because it’s unlikely that even our close friends here would give their lives to save us, especially when some of us seem so unappreciative of the sacrifice.
As we build our relationship with Jesus, we begin to realize that He IS the Son of God, the one who sits on the throne on the right hand of God our Father, and the one who loves us so much that He actually left this throne in the first place to become a sacrifice for us on earth so that we could be reunited with God. We begin to trust Him for more things and our faith increases as we begin to see the “goodness of God in the land of the living.”
Faith is not believing in our own ability to stand for something because if that were the case, we should ask God to help us in our unbelief and to make our faith strong. Faith IS our knowledge and trust in God that gives us the confidence to speak to the mountain and have it moved.
Christmas truly is a beautiful time of year because as Christians we celebrate the promise God gave to us, the birth of Jesus our Lord and Saviour. And we celebrate the fact that we can have a relationship with God while on this earth and throughout eternity. It’s true that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th but that’s irrelevant. What IS important is that we are celebrating this awesome and miraculous event, this promise that God made that has come to pass to redeem us back to Him. And because Jesus was born we have His Spirit in us and we are now blessed of God and we can ask Him for healing, for finances, for salvation for loved ones, for anything that burdens our heart because we know through faith that God hears and answers prayer.
And this faith is made possible because of the birth of Jesus, which is the essence of our faith, our Christmas faith.