Contemporary English Version (CEV)
As we draw closer to Christmas, the miracle is astounding -- a child, vulnerable and dependent, is born to a young virgin, also vulnerable. God chooses this path, and though it leads to the cross, it also leads through it, to the abundant life that is on the other side. Christ only has to do this once, but even once is immensely difficult. God does this for us, because there is hope once death is defeated.
If we were left to our own efforts, upon our death we would have nothing to offer as payment for our sins, for our good deeds would not outweigh our guilt. Christ steps into this void, offering himself as payment, making it possible for us to receive the glory Christ deserves.
Christ has done this for us. Let us rejoice as Christmas comes near, giving thanks for all God has done!