Christmas is God's "yes"

God has never broken a promise, and Christmas is the fulfillment of his promises of a Savior.

The singer croons the Christmas classic: "I'll be home for Christmas. You can count on me." Well-intended words! But what if the flight is canceled? What if the car breaks down? You get the idea. When it comes to promises, people don't always—and can't always—keep them.

How wonderfully different it is with God and the promises he makes. The Bible says, "No matter how many promises God has made, they are 'Yes' in Christ" (2 Corinthians 1:20). When God issues a promise, "no" is not in his vocabulary. Because Christmas is the fulfillment of God's promises of a Savior, it can be said that Christmas is God's "yes."


When sin entered the world through Satan's temptation and Adam and Eve's actions, God informed the tempter that an offspring of Eve would crush his head. "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel" (Genesis 3:15). That promise made it clear that the Savior from sin would not magically appear from heaven; he would be born of a woman. At Christmas that's just what happened. "She gave birth to her firstborn, a son" (Luke 2:7). Christmas is God's "yes."

While the Savior would be born of a woman, he would not be the biological offspring of a man and a woman. He would not possess the sinful nature we all inherit from our parents. No, God promised that "the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14.). Mary was that virgin. "Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 1:18). Christmas is God's "yes."

God had promised King David, "I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. . . . Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever" (2 Samuel 7:12-16). God guaranteed David that one of his descendants would rule over an eternal kingdom. No earthly king descended from David could fulfill that promise, but a heavenly king descended from David could. Joseph, the legal guardian of Jesus, was a "son of David" (Matthew 1:20) and "belonged to the house and line of David" (Luke 2:4). Jesus, the child entrusted to Joseph and Mary, is the eternal king descended from David. Christmas is God's "yes."