“For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
Finally, the great event foretold by God’s prophets had come to pass! A child was born to a young Jewish virgin girl that would soon die for the sins of the entire world. Awesome! But the virgin birth of a child was not what Israel had been expecting, they were looking for a Savior that would come to earth to conquer and rule with a rod of iron, and so He will when He comes the second time. The first time Jesus came veiled in flesh, “to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Gentiles foolishness” (1 Cor. 1:23). When He comes again, He will appear in all of His glory to set up His Kingdom here on earth. The first time He was rejected, the next time He will impose Himself with great power as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Savior for those who have longed for His return.
Much to the chagrin of those who try endlessly to prove that God nor His Son exist, the birth of Jesus is their constant nemesis. His immaculate birth not only changed history, it also changed the recording of time. Today, we separate the millenniums with a BC and AD. BC separates the first five thousand years of recorded man that occurred “Before Christ.” and AD, taken from the Latin term “anno domini” meaning “the year of the Lord, denotes the two thousand years after the birth of Christ. Jesus came to earth that we might have life, eternal life and have life more abundantly (John 10:10). The question often arises, “What is eternal life?” Does the term eternal life mean that we will live forever? No, that is not what eternal life means, although every person born of woman does have a soul person that will live forever. The meaning of eternal life is found in John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.”
Do not be deceived, every one needs a Savior, because everyone is born with a sin nature. Jesus was fathered by the Holy Spirit, void of a sin nature. God sent His Son to us to do what the Law of Moses could not do, for the works of mankind in and of themselves are futile. Every religion except Christianity is founded on the works of man, but man can never justify himself with works. How then can man be justified? “He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become His righteousness” (11 Cor. 5:21). The Gospel according to John reveals that in Him was life, and the life was the light of men. Does that mean that everyone is saved because of the Cross? No, all of us are God’s creation, but not everyone is a child of God. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). Jesus Himself reminded us, “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it” (Matt. 7:14). How narrow is the Gate to Life? Stretch out your arms as Jesus did on the Cross, it’s about that wide, and that is not very wide when we consider the breath of the earth.
The Christ child has come, so let’s celebrate this Christmas as never before. When you look at your Christmas tree, be reminded that the green tree represents life, the lights represent the Light of the world, Jesus; while the red ribbons and red bows represent the blood that was shed for the sins of the world. Sing “Joy to the World” with new meaning and excitement, and when you open your presents Christmas morning, give praise and glory to Jesus, the Savior of the world.
Until next Friday, Penny and I wish you a blessed and joyful CHRISTmas! If you have questions or prayer requests, please let us know. The prayers of the Righteous avails much!