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17th December 2023

Christmas or Easter?

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance,

that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

1 Timothy 1:15

Some people wonder which is more important, Christmas or Easter? But that is like asking

which wing of an aeroplane is more important! Both are of equal importance and equally necessary. The same is true of Christmas and Easter, indeed, without Christmas there would be no Easter.

At Christmas, we celebrate the fact of Christ’s coming into the world. He was born as a helpless baby to a poor woman and her husband in an insignificant part of the Roman Empire. And yet that baby was different from every other baby who had ever been born, or ever would be born, because He was God in human flesh. From all eternity He was God—but on that first Christmas He entered time, and He walked among us. As the Bible says, “The Word was God… (and) the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (John 1:1, 14).

At Easter, however, we celebrate the reason for Christ’s coming into the world. We have rebelled against God, and as a result, our lives are enslaved by evil and sin and death. But Christ came into the world to free us from all these; And He did this by dying on the cross for our sins and then conquering death by His resurrection from the dead. Because of His death and resurrection, we can have hope—hope for our lives right now, and hope for all eternity.

Easter is about who Christ was and what He did. Christmas is about Christ coming to do it.

Bible Reading

2 Corinthians 4:1-6.


Merciful God, Thank You for Christmas, for the coming of Your Son into the world to save me a sinner, and for the cross on which the Lord Jesus paid the price for my sins. Father, with a joy filled heart I thank You for Easter Day, the day of Resurrection. In Jesus name. Amen.

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