Day 12 - Christmas!
It’s amazing isn’t it, that over 2000 years after the event millions of people all over the world celebrate the birth of one child? No wonder we ask the question “What Child is this?. Obviously someone who is special; someone different from all others.
One of the prophecies of Isaiah (about 740BC) reads:
“Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given”
Earlier he had recorded these words:
“The Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
Both these prophecies - and more! - came to pass in the birth of Jesus. When Matthew records the events of His birth He tells us the meaning of Immanuel – “God With Us.” (Matthew 1v23)
His birth was unique. No one before of since could be born as He was. He had no human father; His conception was by the Holy Spirit: “The virgin shall conceive”.
He was a newly born child - Mary’s first born - but He had always been a Son: God’s Son: “Unto us a Son is given”.
Here is the One who is and always was God. Everything that had a beginning began through Him, the Creator, the giver of light and life.
“All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men”
One of his divine titles is simply “the Word”.
John tells us this :
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
But he also tells us:
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”
“God with us” indeed.
So a child was born in Bethlehem; God’s son had come to earth. Which begs the question - WHY?
“when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son… to redeem”
“God… sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin”
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all”
“in due time Christ died for the ungodly”
God sent His Son not just as the Child of Bethlehem but, out of His love and concern for sinners like us, sent him to die on the cross on our behalf.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”