THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST
For over two thousand years people all over the world, of all nations and languages had followed Jesus the Christ, worshiped Him, fought over Him and even died for their faith in Him. Now over two thousand years later, people all over the world, still worship and adore Him, fellow and celebrate His birth, death and resurrection. Moreover, in some country’s, still people are being killed for their faith in Him...but why?
Over two thousand years ago, a young virgin named Mary, she gave birth to a baby boy in a stable and she wrapped Him in a swaddling cloths and then laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. The stable was in a little town of Bethlehem that was part of a kingdom conquered by the Roman Empire. The kingdom was Israel, and the baby’s name was Jesus Christ the Lord.
The Bible tells us that Jesus was not an ordinary baby. In fact, this baby was the God of the universe clothed in human flesh. That’s right. Jesus is actually God, in human flesh, who came to this earth because mankind had been separated from God by their sin. God became flesh so that He could reconcile mankind to Himself.
The Apostle Paul declared: "Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation".
2 Corinthians 5:18-19.
The historic record of the birth of Jesus Christ is in Luke 1:26-38 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
And in Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, ”which is translated, “God with us.” Then Joseph, being awaken from his sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.
And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “ Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marvelled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.Luke 2:1-20
Unlike any other baby, the one born that holy night in Bethlehem was unique in all of history.
Jesus had a heavenly pre-existence before all of creation, visible and invisible.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. John 1:1-2.
Jesus is the Creator of the universe.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.John 1:3
Jesus is God! who became flesh.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1:14.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11.
In the birth of Jesus, the eternal, all-powerful and all-knowing Creator came to earth in the flesh.
- Why did God do such a thing?
- Why did he come as a baby, instead of appearing in power and majesty?
- Why did God make himself to be fully man and live among us, when he knew fully well how terribly he would be treated by us?
It was because of His great LOVE!
it was necessary, if for us to be saved!
We all know that we are not perfect. But did you know that one day we will all stand before a righteous God and give an account for our lives? In that moment, we will either be sentenced to Heaven or everlasting fire. Today, we can be sure that we are going to Heaven because of what Jesus Christ did for us.
Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross. Three days later, He rose from the dead—proving that He is God and Savior.
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. 1Corinthians 15:3-4).
He now offers free access into Heaven to all who trust in Him and believe in His death, burial, and resurrection “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved".
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8.
That’s why He came and that’s why we now celebrate His birth at Christmas.
“This is how God showed His love toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.1John 4:9.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.John 1:12.
it is all about the Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. He came to this earth, was born, lived, and died on the cross for our sins in order to make a way for us to be saved with His own blood from an everlasting lake of fire, and be with Him in an everlasting Heaven.
God's Amazing Grace
Have you accepted the most amazing precious gift anyone could ever give you?
If you will admit your need for Jesus Christ and ask Him to give you Eternal Life, you can be sure of Heaven today by praying a simple prayer like this:
“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I know that You are the Son of God and that You died to pay for all of my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead, proving You are the Lord and Savior.
Right now, in the best way I know how, I ask You to come into my heart to be my Lord and Savior. Thank You Lord Jesus Christ for dying on the cross for me. Fill me NOW with the power of the Holy Spirit and help me to live for You. In the name of Jesus Christ