Although millions of people celebrate the birth of Christ, few seem to be aware of its true meaning.

We recognize that his birth was unusual because he was born of a virgin. His life was also unique because he was the only one who lived without sinning. His death was also unusual. Jesus was not a martyr. He was not a victim of unfortunate circumstances dying for a worthy cause. Nor did he give his life to set a good example.

There is much more to its story. The Lord Jesus came to this world to be our Savior.

Jesus himself said that he came to seek and to save what was lost (Luke 19:10).

Who are the lost? The Bible tells us that all have sinned and that the wages of sin is death (Romans 3:23; 6:23). To save the world, Jesus had to die for him. He came and lived a perfect life and then suffered the death that we should have suffered. The true meaning of Christmas is that Jesus was born to die. Since he was crucified and later rose from the dead, forgiveness of sins and the assurance of heaven are now offered to all who believe (John 1:12).

Have you accepted God's gift of salvation? If you haven't, do it today, and this will be the most meaningful Christmas you've ever experienced.

If we do not understand that the cross is more important than the manger, we have lost the true meaning of the birth of Christ.

Matthew 20:28
… The son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.