Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Birth of Jesus Christ


Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His head."  Genesis 3:13-15

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14

The birth of Jesus Christ is a fulfillment of both of these prophecies. The gospel in seed form was preached by God to Satan and to Adam and Eve. Satan had caused the downfall of humankind but God had promised that rescue would come. All throughout the record of God directing the affairs of humankind of raising up men as types of Christ, such as Abraham, Moses, David. Men who God used to show that He was still working, still bringing to fulfillment the promise He made in the Garden of Eden. All these men that God used to demonstrate His power, to lead His people, all failed to bring about the victory that God promises in Genesis, the deliverance from the power of Satan and the dominion of sin over life.

But then we read that the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way, He was born to a woman who was a virgin, fulfilling Isaiah prophecy as well as the prophecy of Genesis. Is it not appropriate that
the birth of Christ would draw an angel from the Lord to appear to shepherds and for the glory of the Lord to shine around them and that they would be filled with fear as recorded in the gospel of Luke.
Is it not appropriate that the angel would said to them "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Is it not appropriate that there would a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased."

Wonder of Wonder!! That the heavenly host and the Glory of God would usher in the birth of this child! For we learn that this child, this Savior was not just a child, He was God incarnate. God Himself would come to fulfill the prophecies made about this Messiah, this One who would bruise Satan's head and would deliver His people from Satan's power and the power of sin over their lives. "Now is the judgment of this world, now will the ruler of this world be cast out". (John 12:31)

Whereas all the types of Christ, those who were merely men had failed, the One who was the God-man would not fail. "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." (Matthew 5:17) All that the law required and man could not do( the perfect obedience it required, the perfect righteousness it required) Christ fulfilled. All of the prophecies that Isaiah and other prophets had uttered down through the years, were fulfilled when this child was born. The One who Abraham, Moses, David pointed to had been born. God's promise in Genesis had been fulfilled.

The birth of Christ is the fulfillment of God's plans and purposes. Its like the genealogies, in that, they should direct our attention to the fact that God is working, in spite of the spirit of the age that has everyone trapped in its mindset of believing that there is no God or that there is no need of God. That darkness can only be broken by the power of God. Jesus states that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. The truth is in God. Deception is in the world, just as Eve stated the serpent deceived me and I ate, we are all deceived by Satan (Revelation 12:9) and we all have not only eaten but we have eaten with relish.  As I said that deception is so deep and penetrating that only the power of God can break through. The world under that spirit operates as if there is no God or that we do not need to be concerned about Him. But when God decides to bring Life, just as it did in our lives, the power of God's grace cannot be stopped, that power operates whenever someone is brought to eternal life and it is because of the birth of Jesus Christ. We will look more into that in the next study which will focus on the Life of Christ and what it means to those that are His and those that are not.

Blessings!!

2 comments:

  1. The verse above is he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heal

    Blessings !!

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