My, Devotion to Him #257
No one else in human history from any other religion has come and given His life for us. No one else cared enough to sacrifice everything for love. A love that ran so deep it saw through all the faults, mistakes, screw ups, sins, and blemishes. It was a love that was so deep that it spilled over into the future of generations. A love that was so pure and true that blood was used to prove it.
Below is a discussion of the significance of Jesus’ birth and the Christmas season. As Jesus said in John 14:6, He truly is the “way, the truth and the life”.
1. He had a Heavenly Existence Prior to His birth.
Verse Passage: John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.“ – NIV
Verse Passage: John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – NIV
John tells us that in the beginning was the Word and the Word was God and the Word was with God. Then in verse 14 he tells us that the Word was made flesh to dwell among us. In this passage he is referring to Jesus. The only Son of God that is the Word become the flesh to live among the creation, love the creation on an Adam relationship level (personal in-depth daily relationship), and to save that same creation from hell, to bring a salvation that would not require sacrifices yearly to atone but instead to pay in full sins total cost for all of humanity. Only the Heavenly Divine could have such a power but instead of power, might, and force as God, He was made flesh to dwell and minister as an image of mankind who is the image of God Himself.
2. He is God, Son, and Creator of the Heavens.
Verse Passage: In Philippians 2:5-11 “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – NIV
The apostle Paul tells us that Jesus is the equal of God in Heaven. But He took on human form so that He could come to earth as the propriation for our sins. He became the servant first because you cannot lead if you will not serve. The teachings and heart of Christ put into action throughout His life.
3. He came as God’s gift to all of humanity.
Verse Passage: John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” – NIV
Jesus tells us that He is a gift from our heavenly Father and that our Father in heaven so loved us that He provided our Lord Jesus so that through Him the world might be saved.
A Father of creation that He was so in love with, a love that was deeper than His creation of nature, the animals, the stars, and planets. A love so deep that He gave His only Son. This done in an effort to save and to elevate His creation to the Heavens after death to remain with Him forever.
4. His arrival was so great that it was announced by Gabriel.
In Luke 1:26-38 we are told of the angelic visit of Gabriel to Mary to announce the birth of our Lord Jesus. It’s interesting here that Gabriel was used to announce Jesus’ birth. Because it was Gabriel who was chosen to also announce the birth of John the Baptist. And it was Jesus who said that there is none greater born of women than John. So Gabriel actually announced the birth of the two greatest men to ever walk the earth.
5. His birth was so great that it was recognized by the unborn.
In Luke 1:39-45 we are told that when Mary visited Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist that John recognized the voice of Mary and knew that she was carrying Christ Jesus. He was so excited about the Gift of God that he leaped in Elizabeth’s womb. A truly profound moment for the unborn and their very own significance and power. Also the power of Christ that even babies in the womb recognize Christ the Word of God now in human form even while He was in the womb His authority and greatness was recognized.
6. Unlike any earthly King, He came in complete humility.
Verse Passage: Luke 2:6-7 “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.“ – NIV
He was not born into a kingdom of riches and layered in gold silk. He was not a baby king instantly famous and recognized by the people of any one kingdom. He was not served hand and foot by dozens of slave servants and worshipped from His head to His feet. He was in fact a baby born in a manger away from the people, away from fame, away from a crown. On a cold December night the Word of God was birthed into the world as a tiny baby. Delicate, fragile, and humble in it purest form. A mother and father with the weight of Heaven on their shoulders. But everyone would come to know that His burden is light.
7. Jesus is the only way to Salvation.
In John 3:16-17 Jesus tells us of His purpose. In John 14:6 Jesus tells us that He is the way the truth and the life and no one comes to His Father except through Him. Finally in Ephesians 2:8-9 Paul tells us that we are saved through faith and the grace of our Lord and not by any works we perform.
The key to salvation. The doorway to Heaven. The pathway to peace. The road to holiness. The highway to greatness. He is all and has made all that has been made and nothing has been made apart from Him. He was there in the beginning. He was with His Father and He is His Father there is no way to the Father except through the Son of the Father.
Salvation comes only through Him. No man, prophet, messenger, preacher, pope, bishop, group or organization can give you salvation and forgive you of your sins. It is Him, Jesus who is above every single name in the galaxy. There is no one who has the authority to grant the ultimate gift of salvation other than Christ Jesus.
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