By Dr Edward Tamale-Sali
It is now about 2,022 years since Jesus Christ came to the Earth as God in human form.
This December 25, we are celebrating His birth, but we need to understand the real reason He came – to save us and give us everlasting life.
Background of sin
When God created Adam and his wife Eve, He placed them in the Garden of Eden.
It was very beautiful and had all things they needed. Most importantly, God told them that they would live forever.
God, however, gave a condition. He told them not to eat fruits from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17).
He told them that eating the fruit would result into death. But later, the Devil tempted Eve to eat the fruit.
“Now the Serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.
“And he said unto the woman, yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
“And the woman said unto the Serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
“And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:1-4).
After being tempted, Adam and Eve ate the fruit they had been told not to eat.
“And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” (Genesis 3:13-19).
The woman said: “The Serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Then to Adam He said: “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying,`You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
“Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field.
“In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; For dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”
The birth of Jesus
The birth of Jesus marked the restoration of eternal life to man.
Prophet Isaiah foretold the coming of Jesus, the Saviour in Isaiah 53: “By His knowledge my righteous servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53: 11).
When Mary got pregnant with the Holy spirit, her betrothed husband, Joseph was confused.
But the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream and clarified to him that Mary was pregnant because of God’s will:
“Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for He shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21).
God wanted to reverse the punishment of death He had put on humanity after Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden. So, He sent Jesus Christ as the Saviour.
John 3:16-18: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Jesus Christ did not come to condemn the world, but to save man from his sin.
God only requires human beings to believe in Jesus, for them to have everlasting life and victory over death.
The promise of eternity
When Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the grave where he was lying for four days, He made a powerful statement ever heard since the creation of man.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26).
In Jesus, there is life and if we believe in Him, we shall have everlasting life.
Apostle Paul writes in Romans: “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life” (Romans 5:17-18). Hallelujah!
As we celebrate this 2022 Christmas, let us remember and be thankful to God for His Son who has restored eternal life back to man.
Merry Christmas and Happy New year.
The author is the director, Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Centre, Bukoto, Kampala.