Have you ever heard of a hero dying for a villain?
I’m not one to watch many superhero movies, but from what I know it’s usually the villain that ends up in trouble and the hero that comes out on top. It makes sense, because one is good and one is bad. Good wins, bad loses. Right?
But then we have Jesus. In His story, the true story, He’s the Hero and we’re the villains. He’s the perfect one, and we’re the sinners. It wasn’t intended to be that way, but when the two in the Garden chose the wrong path they exposed all of humanity to sin. God stayed God, but we lost our innocence and became sinful.
He has every right to be angry at us. He has every right to sentence each of us to eternity in Hell, since that’s what our sin deserves. He has every right to not listen to us, to not pay any attention to us, to leave us alone and watch us wallow in our filth. Yet He came down, perfect Love, and became our Hero.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Jesus is Lord. He came to Earth to save humanity — the Hero coming for the villains. Born a baby in the least of all places, He grew and did all the things His Father wanted. He healed the sick. He cast out demons. He gave fed multitudes. Miracle after miracle after miracle. And His central goal? To make salvation available to every human being on this planet.
And He was crucified. Brutally murdered by the people He came to save. The Hero, dying for the villains. The Good, dying for the bad.
Good won, because He rose again three days later and claimed victory over death. And the bad? Well, the bad has a choice. Bad can now become good like Him, through His blood. We can choose to confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that He was raised by God from the dead — and thus be saved for eternity and have a place in Heaven. Or we can choose to deny Him and His sacrifice, and thus continue in our sin and have a place in Hell.
Christmas is the day we celebrate His birth. The birth of our Hero, our perfect Love. Love that never fails, never ends, never gives up. Jesus, our Love come down.