It's nearly Christ'mas! A time to reflect on a Promised Child, why there is a Promise to start with and what this means for Christ'ians everywhere. It truly is about the Child and the name Christ, Jesus the Christ.
As we celebrate with family & friends, open gifts and share food this season, let us move our minds to the entire reason for this time of the year. It is a Christian celebration of the Church, of a Great Promise, after a Great Fall in human history.
This time of the year is a celebration of the time the Promise came to pass.
Creation and The Fall
Why was a Promised Child needed at all, why were we even looking? Genesis 3 provides the answer, a reminder that the human race, men and women, are in need of a Saviour.
...he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.
God revealed that a Son of Man would be present in human history, that would recover the losses of that day, someone who would reconcile us to Himself.
A Promise Fulfilled
"For to us a child is born", a baby boy born in a remote town's animal manger, promised since the beginning of the world and at a time of judgement made by the Holy God of Creation.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The baby in the manger is the Son promised since the beginning of human history, who was born of a virgin. Amazingly, we are told this Child is God, worthy of our adoration, praise and worship.
A Merry Christmas
As we gather this Christmas, let us all remember the baby boy in a manger, who was given to save us from our sins. He is indeed worthy of our attention, to remember that this child was born to be hung on the Tree, the Cross of Jesus the Christ. This was done on our behalf, to be crushed, to shed His blood, to die, to mend the divide between men, women and a Holy God. And, at His resurrection, we also have a hope in the soon to be resurrection of our own mortal bodies fit for eternal life in Him, with Him forever. Amen!
Merry Christmas indeed!
Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.