Disparate Related Verses
Many passages come to mind at Christmas, such as this one:
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. (Luke 2:11-12.)
There is a related passage that doesn’t get as much attention this time of year:
[Jesus said,] “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:51.)
Among the symbolism and miracles of Christmas, I see clearly this year that the Savior laid in a manger – a feeding trough – as he entered this earthly life is the same Savior who bid us feed on him – the Bread of Heaven – to enter eternal life.
Celebration and Feasting
We celebrate Jesus’ birth, not his birthday, on Christmas. It is in the his birth – and subsequent life, death and resurrection – that we find our salvation.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17.)
Jesus came to save the world, a world worth condemning yet he came to save it. That includes you. You are wanted, cherished even, by God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus offers himself, the Bread of Heaven, to give you life forever with him.
Is there a better gift to desire at Christmas than this?