No that isn’t a misprint. All of the bumper stickers that you see that read “Jesus is the reason for the season” is only half the story. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
The story of Christmas starts many years before the actual birth of Jesus. The day sin entered into the world through the sin of Adam, God told him and the world, that a Redeemer would come. The sin that entered into the world separated us from God. This sin caused death, sickness, and even negatively affected nature itself. When sin entered the world it was, and still is, the most devastating and destructive issue mankind has faced. As if the news couldn’t be worse it does get worse, mankind can do nothing on their own to rid themselves of this cancer. Many have tried to rid themselves of this curse by performing good deeds, but to no avail.
Thankfully, God is fully aware of the problem and the solution. His plan was to send His only Son as the Savior. 2,000 years ago Matthew writes, “She (Mary) will bring forth a Son, and you will call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Mat. 1:21) The reason Jesus came to the world was to eliminate the sin that destroyed us. He came to restore the lost relationship between us and the Father. You see we have thought Jesus is the reason for the season, but if you were to ask Jesus what is the reason for Christmas, He would say that YOU are the reason for the season. He was born, lived, and ultimately died to free us from the sin that destroyed us. Jesus came because of His love for you and the only way for Him to restore you was for Him to come, to die, and to raise from the dead to destroy the works of sin.
I guess this means we need to get a new bumper stickers that read, “YOU are the Reason for the Season.” Then again, maybe not.