A long time ago, a mathematician named Archimedes tried to figure out how to test whether a crown was made of real gold. While he was taking a bath one day, he realized that you could use a bathtub full of water to perform a test. He was so excited that he jumped out of the bathtub and ran through the streets naked, yelling “Eureka!”
God promised His people that He would send them a Savior when Adam and Eve committed the first sin. For thousands of years, God reminded His people of this promise again and again. They turned away from Him so many times, but He always forgave them and reminded them to keep waiting for their Savior.
When Jesus was born, the waiting was finally over! The Savior had come! He was not a mighty king or a courageous warrior, but a tiny baby. Many people thought Jesus was just like any baby, but Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds knew He was the promised Savior. Mary treasured Jesus’ birth, and the shepherds glorified and praised God for this very special baby! They shouted “Gloria!” instead of “Eureka!” but they had even more reason to be excited than Archimedes!
Every day, we get to thank and praise God for sending us a Savior. We have special celebrations on Christmas, but that’s not the only day we can celebrate Jesus’ birth. Every time we sin, turn away from God, and break our promises to Him, we can thank Him that He never breaks His promises to us. He sent Jesus to die on the cross, rise again, and forgive our sins so we can be with Him forever. That’s a great reason for celebration!