Today we celebrate the birth of God the Son as a human baby. It wasn’t just a spur of the moment thing dreamt up because the first plan went wrong – this was always Plan A – this day was the day that humanity had been yearning and longing for since the LORD Christ himself prophesied his own birth in the very beginning:
So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15)
It was that very Child, the Seed of the woman, that Isaiah spoke of when he said:
The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor,Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
It was that child – the offspring of the woman – that would be raised up to establish a throne forever:
“I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son.” (2Samuel 7:12-14)
Micah spoke of the woman who would give birth and the peace that would come through the one born:
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites. He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace. (Micah 5:2-5)
It was that very child that Simeon was waiting for. After Jesus was born, Simeon held him in his arms and exclaimed:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people.” (Luke 2:29-31)
And why did the LORD Christ, the Son of God, take on human flesh?
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:14-18)
Happy Christmas everybody – what a truly joyful and wonderous occasion.
May our hearts burn in love for Jesus the promised child.