My favourite Bible passage for Christmas Eve … often used at Christmas Eve celebrations around the world regardless of the tradition or denomination a local church belongs to.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
This is from the Gospel according to John, Chapter 1, verses 1-14
This is what Christmas is all about. It is more than a baby in a manger. It is God taking on human form and dwelling among us. He experienced life as a real human being and so, as God, can relate to what we face in daily life. And, He revealed to us the heart and nature of God, His Father. He knows and understands what it means to be human and to live life from our perspective. And we come to know God by knowing Jesus who is God in human flesh.
For those who believe they become the children of God. They are born again. And, God gives them a gift of eternal life
Romans 6:23b “…the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This gift of ‘eternal life’ is not to live forever because every person ever conceived lives forever. So He would not give us a gift of something we already have. The definition for the gift called ‘eternal life’ is found in John 17:3
“And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
This is truly what Christmas is all about … God becoming one of us so He could experience the life we live. And, God becoming one of us to revel to us who He really is – His heart for us, His nature, His character, and His plan for each one of us as His children.
Christmas is about “knowing” God … having a personal, intimate, love relationship with the God of the universe. Nothing more and certainly nothing less.