Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but the promise of Christmas is even greater: “He shall save his people from their sins” (v. 21). At Christmastime, there is much talk about the babe in the manger, but sadly people often forget that Jesus did not remain a babe in a manger. He grew to a man, lived for 33 sinless years on earth, died on the cross in the place of sinners, rose victorious over sin and death, and even now He sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven. Indeed, He accomplished what He came to do: He secured salvation for His people. The promise of Christmas came true in space and time.