ProLifeCorner- The world is happy to let Jesus Christ be a baby in a manger, but not willing to let Him be the sovereign King and Lord that He is. Yet that is the central truth of the Christmas story: the Child of Christmas is God! Lots of people who would otherwise gladly embrace Jesus as Messiah, don’t want Him to be God.
• They will welcome Him as a son of David, but not as the Son of God.
• They don’t mind celebrating the birth of a baby, but they don’t want to hear about the Lord of lords.
• They sing of His nativity, but brazenly reject His authority.
• They adore Him as an infant, but will not pay homage to Him as the God-man.
• They can tolerate the trappings of Christmas, a manger, shepherds, wise men, Joseph and Mary, but they cannot bear the advent of God in human flesh.
• Consequently the world ignores the core of all Christmas truth.
• Instead of honoring Jesus at Christmas, they are actually mocking Him.
The enemy must love the world’s Christmas celebration. He must revel in the blatant sin and blasphemy and rejection of Christ – all by people who suppose they are celebrating His birth! He must glory in the way people commemorate His birth with lip service while ignoring the point of it all – that Jesus is almighty God. Who is this baby in the manger? He is the Incarnation of God.
Christmas is not about the Savior’s infancy; it is about His deity. None of us could ever fathom what it means for God to be born in a manger. How do we explain the Almighty stooping to become a tiny infant? It was, of course, the greatest condescension the world has ever known or will ever know. Our minds cannot begin to understand what was involved in God’s becoming a man. We will never comprehend why He, who was infinitely rich, would become poor. Why He would assume a human nature, and enter into a world He knew would reject Him and kill Him. Nor can anyone explain how God could become a baby. Yet He did.
Without forsaking His divine nature or diminishing His deity in any sense, He was born into our world as a tiny infant. People often ask if He cried or if He needed the normal care and feeding one would give any other baby. Of course He did, He was fully human with all the needs and emotions that are common to every human. Yet He was also fully God – all wise and all powerful. How can both things be true? I don’t know. But the Bible clearly teaches that it is so.
Jesus voluntarily suspended the full application of His divine attributes. He didn’t give up being God, but He willingly gave up the independent use of the privileges and powers that were His as God. He chose to subject His will to His Father’s will.
“I can of Mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and My judgment is just; because I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me.“ [John 5:30]
Through all that, He remained fully God. For nearly 2,000 years, debate has been raging about who Jesus really is. Cults and skeptics have offered various explanations. They’ll say He is one of many gods, a created being, a high angel, a good teacher, a prophet, and so on. The common thread of all such theories is that they make Jesus less than God. But let the Bible speak for itself. John’s gospel begins with a clear statement that Jesus is God:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made”. [John 1:1-3]
The Biblical evidence is overwhelming that this child in the manger was the incarnation of God. For one thing, He was omniscient. He also did the works of God. Jesus’ works are convincing proof that He is God. He began His miraculous ministry with a simple act. He changed water into wine at a wedding in Cana. Only God can create. He also healed people who were hopelessly ill. He gave blind man sight. He opened ears that had never heard. He restored withered limbs. He created enough fish and bread to feed thousands. He raised the dead by simply commanding them to come forth from the grave.
Who is this child? He is God. We can see that clearly now. The Scriptures are clear even though the world seems content to keep Him as a seasonal decoration. The Baby in the manger is God Almighty! He is the Savior of the world. This Christmas, see Him for who He really is. Do you know Him as your personal Savior? He came into this darkened world that we might literally see the light of His love and accept the greatest gift ever offered-eternal life!
[Edited from a sermon by Pastor Don Robinson, Grace Baptist Church, Bloomington, IN]
Have A Blessed And Merry Christmas
“May the spirit of Christmas ignite in the hearts of Patriotic Americans a determination to redouble efforts at recapturing control of our national destiny, so that our children and their children may know, as we have known, the joy of true freedom and the infinite glory that shines from the humble manger of the newborn Christ“
From Christian Action News (CAN)
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