1 Timothy 1:15

Why Christmas

1 Timothy 1:15

1 Timothy 1:15

This is a true saying, to be completely accepted and believed: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I am the worst of them, (use)

Friends, family, food, and giving – the real meaning of Christmas revealed

Humanists UK. 2016. Family, presents, and food... but not Jesus Christ: new research determines the real meaning of Christmas. (use)

Coming to terms with the inevitable disappointment of Christmas takes time because it's really about coming to terms with the disappointment of life itself now that we're older. How can we look forward to something and enjoy it when we know that it's going to be imperfect?

Luxmoore, 2011. Shock! Horror! Another Disappointing Christmas! [WWW Document]. Psychology Today. (use)

Frankly, the story of the elves in Lapland making toys with Santa and Mrs Claus and the miracle of the delivery of these toys is of far more interest to me than that other delivery in the stable far away.

Smith, B. 2017. What Christmas means to me as an atheist - The i newspaper online iNews. i 22. (use)

Christ Jesus Into The World

Matthew 1:21

She will have a son, and you will name him Jesus — because he will save his people from their sins. (use)

Matthew 1:23

A virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and he will be called Immanuel" (which means, "God is with us"). (use)

Colossians 1:15-17

Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the firstborn Son, superior to all created things. For through him God created everything in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen things, including spiritual powers, lords, rulers, and authorities. God created the whole universe through him and for him. Christ existed before all things, and in union with him all things have their proper place. (use)

{Tobin answering} The most mind-boggling miracle is the incarnation. We believe that the Creator of the Universe, the one who existed before time and before anything else, became one of us. If you accept that, then there are a lot of other things that don’t seem to be quite as unbelievable.

Kristof, N., 2017. Opinion | Cardinal Tobin, Am I a Christian? The New York Times. (use)

When darkness was shattered The dawn of God's grace And the journey'd begun To the first Easter day

Sixpence None The Richer. 2008. The Last Christmas. (use)

To Save

God was not required to dwell with us, and God does not possess an inherent need to dwell with us, but because of His sovereign love and for His glory, He chose to dwell with us and in us.

Parsons, B., 2017. Immanuel in Tabletalk Magazine (use)

he came to save those who could not save and help themselves

Henry, M., 1706. Matthew Henry's commentary on the whole Bible (complete). (use)

He came not just to make equality possible on earth but to make eternity possible in heaven.

Platt, D., 2017. Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-christian Age. (use)


Psalm 51:4

I have sinned against you — only against you — and done what you consider evil. So you are right in judging me; you are justified in condemning me. (use)

Romans 3:23

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (use)

1 John 1:9

But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing. (use)

1 Timothy 1:16

but God was merciful to me in order that Christ Jesus might show his full patience in dealing with me, the worst of sinners, as an example for all those who would later believe in him and receive eternal life. (use)

John 3:16

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. (use)


Acts 2:22-24

Listen to these words, fellow-Israelites! Jesus of Nazareth was a man whose divine authority was clearly proven to you by all the miracles and wonders which God performed through him. You yourselves know this, for it happened here among you. In accordance with his own plan God had already decided that Jesus would be handed over to you; and you killed him by letting sinful men crucify him. But God raised him from death, setting him free from its power, because it was impossible that death should hold him prisoner. [Peter] (use)

Hebrews 1:3

He reflects the brightness of God's glory and is the exact likeness of God's own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for human sins, he sat down in heaven at the right-hand side of God, the Supreme Power. (use)

Place me with ox, ass, camel, goat; to look with them upon my Redeemer's face, and in Him account myself delivered from sin Let me with Simeon clasp the new-born Child to my heart; embrace Him with undying faith, exulting that He is mine and I am His. In Him You have given me so much that heaven can give no more.

Bennett, A. (Ed.), 1975. The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions. The Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh. (use)