It’s the most wonderful time of the year…Finally, I am getting into the holiday spirit. With all of the gifts that will be exchanged (and returned) this Christmas, perhaps the greatest gift of Christmas is the one that it is to your marriage. For all that Christmas is said to be about, Christmas is really about Christ. What would your marriage be like if Christ was not in it? Here are a few reasons why Christmas matters to your marriage
- Forgiveness: Christ’s earthly ministry both demonstrated and secured forgiveness for us. We forgive our spouse fueled by the fact that Christ forgave us when we were unforgivable. Colossians 1:13-14 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
- Free Gift of Salvation: For every husband pensively trying to remember his wife’s size and every wife trying to remember what tools her husband needs or what his favorite sports team is, take note. Christ is a gift giver like no other. He, Himself gave us a perfect gift – Salvation. Without the birth of Christ there would have been no death of Christ. Without the death of Christ on the cross, we would not have our salvation. Philippians 2:6-11 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
- Access to the Father: Has your marriage ever brought you to your knees in prayer? I will assume the answer to be a resounding, “yes”. If Christ had not come into the world how would we know the Father? John 14:7”…I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
- Family Time: The annual celebration of the birth of Christ gives us time and reason to come together as a family and spend time together.
- Freedom, Redemption, Adoption, Holy Spirit: The birth of Christ freed us from the bondage of the ways of the world, gave value to those once under the law, so that we could enter the family of God and receive the Holy Spirit. As it relates to our marriage, because of Christmas, we now enjoy freedom to love and experience love of our spouse according to Christ and the Word of God. Check out how Galatians 4 explains the timing of Christ’s earthly birth and what it secured for all Christians. Galatians 4:1-7 Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. 3 So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
Sometimes it is hard to be thankful for what we have in Christ until we think about what it would be like without Him. Our marriages, and life, would be so very different had Christ not decided to get up from His seat in heaven, clothe Himself in flesh and save us. The fact of the Christ of Christmas (Immanuel) puts purpose and capacity in your marriage. So this Christmas take a moment to think about and praise God for what the birth of Christ has meant to your marriage. Merry Christmas!