We can depend on J. I. Packer to assist us in our pledge to stay Christ-centered this Christmas season.
“We see now what it meant for the Son of God to empty Himself and become poor. It meant a laying aside of glory; a voluntary restraint of power; an acceptance of hardship, isolation, ill-treatment, malice and misunderstanding; finally, a death involved such agony – spiritual even more than physical – that His mind nearly broke under the prospect of it.
It meant love to the uttermost for unlovely human beings, that they through His poverty might become rich.
The Christmas message is that there is a hope for ruined humanity – hope for pardon, hope for peace with God, hope for glory, because of the Father’s will Jesus Christ became poor and was born in a stable so that 30 years later He might hang on a cross.”
~J. I. Packer, Knowing God
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
~Matthew 1:21 (ESV)