The Mission of God
God is a missionary God. His desire is to gather a people from every tribe and tongue and people and nation, to gather the children of God who are scattered abroad (John 11:52; Revelation 7:9). Our God is not a trying God, for this is a creature category.
Creatures try, because they may fail. God does not try to accomplish His will, He promises that He will.
One of the great questions surrounding the centrality of Christmas surrounds the reality of whether or not God accomplished His will, or whether He tried to do so.
Do you believe the words of Isaiah 46:10 surrounding Christmas? The Lord speaks this through the prophet Isaiah as One who “declar[es] the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,'” (ESV, emphasis added).
Christmas is about the success and accomplishment of the Father’s will.
The Mission Accomplished
In John 6:38, Jesus declares, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me,” (ESV, emphasis added). The coming of Christ was the plan before the creation of the world and before the fall of man (2 Timothy 1:9; Revelation 13:8). This is the core of the gospel!
The reason why we know that Jesus actually fulfilled and accomplished the mission of God is because of John 6:37, ESV, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” The Father gave to the Son an innumerable amount of sinners (Revelation 7:9) for the Son to purchase with sovereign love, forgiving all their sins (Ephesians 1:3-7).
Jesus fulfilled the Father’s will and perfectly obeyed the Law of God. Jesus came to glorify His Father (John 12:27-28).
Christmas is a celebration of the coming and perfect work of the Son.
The Mission Communicated
Do you love this Christ of Christmas? There is no greater Christmas celebration than the Son accomplishing the Father’s will.
Are you obeying the Father’s will? Does Christ rule your heart? Jesus perfectly kept the Father’s will so you could see the Father’s kingdom. We then must be earthly citizens of this kingdom. We must respond in being kingdom-ambassadors.
Thomas Watson said, “Great was the work of creation, but greater the work of redemption; it cost more to redeem us than to make us… The creation was but the work of God’s fingers (Psalm 8:3). Redemption is the work of His arm (Luke 1:51).”
Would you celebrate Christmas as a closet Christian? May it never be so!
Honor the suffering Lamb for sinners by telling others about Jesus Christ. He saves to the uttermost all who draw near to Him (Hebrews 7:25).
The best gift you can give at Christmas is to announce to someone that Jesus Christ is the perfect Savior.
The heart of Christmas is the worship of the complete Savior.