Christmas reminds us that the holy One came to make us holy. God chose us in Christ for the purpose of making us holy and blameless in His sight.
What does it mean that we are chosen in Him to be holy and blameless? It means that God set us apart for Himself. He called us His own, and He made us spotless. "He who knew no sin became sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21).
That was the plan from the beginning. The gospel is the good news that Christ came to make us blameless. He came to pay the penalty for our sin, to carry the weight of our debt, and to set us free.
We aren't fighting to get something from God. We are victorious because we have everything in Christ.
The glorious reality of Christmas is that through Jesus Christ we are perfectly righteous before God. Not righteous if we try really hard. Not righteous if our good outweighs our bad. Righteous because the perfect Son of God took our place and gave us His.
Now, we are God's own possession, holy and blameless because of Jesus and His perfect, finished work.
That is a reality that transforms how we see everyday life. We aren't fighting to get something from God. We are victorious because we have everything in Christ. We don't have to live under the burden of trying to measure up. We can live in the freedom of being holy and blameless because we are in Christ.