What if there had been no Bethlehem manger? No virgin birth? No baby?
We can take it back further: What if there had been no Mount Sinai? No Moses? No tablets and no Law? What if there had been no temple sacrifices?
Shall we go back even further, all the way back to the beginning? What if there had been no Garden of Eden? No perfect man and woman? No tree of the knowledge of good and evil, no serpent, no Fall?
If there had been no Eden and no Fall, we would not have needed a Savior.
If there had been no Mount Sinai, Jesus would not have had to shed His blood and die.
But because there were Eden and Mount Sinai, there had to be a Bethlehem, and a baby.
There had to be Christmas because there had to be Easter.