Christmas is about potential. We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who grew up to be the Saviour of all men. We collect as families and close friends to celebrate what will be. Maybe I’m not making sense.
Before the world was formed, God had a plan. His spirit children (us) needed a world to come to and experience life in a body and learn how to master bodies. He knew we would make many mistakes and needed a way fo us to be able to return to Him. (He is perfect and imperfect people can’t come back to stay.)
Jesus Christ volunteered to come to earth as a mortal, like us, and suffer more than any man had ever suffered. He would experience the entirety of human experience and atone for all pain, lost, sickness, and sin–all imperfections–so we could return to God and live with Him forever.
We had known Jesus for a long time, and knew He was the only spirit sibling we had who could possibly make good on such a promise. We supported this and looked forward with faith to His life.
On Christmas day (or what we celebrate as Christmas day), Jesus was born to a virgin mother. Heaven had such trust in Jesus that angels proclaimed his birth across the world. A new star appeared, telling everyone the Saviour was born.
It is the beginning of His perfect life we celebrate today. We celebrate the potential of a tiny baby child; born in the muddy, flea-ridden stable; lain in an animal’s feed trough for a bassinet to become the perfect example to all mankind of how to live and how to return to God’s presence.
Christmas reminds us of our potential. Each of us can choose to be like Jesus. We can live following His example, repenting of our mistakes because He atoned for our sins. His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on Calvary’s Cross allows us to repent and have our sins, though as scarlet blemishes on our souls become white as driven snow (see Isaiah 1:18).
Jesus allows us to fulfill God’s plan, to fulfill our potential as children of the Most High. We can achieve limitless heights because He performed His mission on earth. We each must do the same. We must follow all His commandments and help other do the same. We must find and fulfill our purpose of life.
Then we, too, through Jesus’ atonement that rights every wrong, will realize our potential as we stand before God and are ushered into His loving arms once again.