3 Truths about Jesus
Christmas time is a time in which many believers celebrate Jesus’ birth. Certainly there is merit in the holiday, but it can become misguided. If we are not careful, we can have a sentimentality concerning the nativity which overlooks the weightier message of Christ. Jesus was indeed a babe in Bethlehem, but His birth was accompanied by several significant truths. Let’s consider three of them.
Jesus is the central theme of Scripture
Long before the cattle were lowing, God ordained Jesus to be a sacrifice for sins. In the Bible, our Lord is seen as early as the first few chapters of Genesis. He was a part of the Triune God who made all things (Genesis 1:26), and He was present in typology when God used animal skins to cover the sin and shame of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21). The first explicit reference to Jesus is found in Genesis 3:15. When handing out consequences for the original sin, the Lord made the following pronouncement to Satan: “I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” The Lord’s assertion shows that Jesus has existed since eternity past (John 8:58). He is eternal. His birth in Bethlehem only signaled His incarnation. He existed before time began (John 1:1), and He is the one that will bring time to an end (Revelation 19:11-15). As you celebrate Christmas, remember that you worship more than a baby. You worship the one and only eternal God!
Jesus was born of a virgin
Scripture affirms that our Lord was the product of a supernatural birth. Though He had a biological mother, His Father wasn’t of earth. The prophet Isaiah foretold: “The Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). Matthew 1:18 confirms that Jesus’ mother was a virgin when she became pregnant. The miracle proves that Jesus was from God. No other religious leader can boast of such an origin. None has fulfilled ancient prophecy as Jesus did. Our Lord is from God, and He is God!
Jesus was 100% God and 100% man
Two interesting titles are often used of Jesus in the New Testament. On numerous occasions, He is called “the Son of God” (Matthew 4:3). At other times He is identified as “the Son of Man” (Matthew 8:20). Some may see a contradiction in the use of names which have entirely different meanings; however, the names are meant to make an important point. While on earth, Jesus was fully God and fully man. He had to be both in order to fulfill His mission. A man was needed in order to make atonement for sinful mankind. If Jesus had never embraced human likeness, He would not have qualified as a substitute for sinful men and women. A human had to die in place of humans. In addition, it was necessary for Jesus to be fully God. If He had not been, He would have been unable to meet the righteous requirements of the Law. No human being could ever live up to God’s standard of perfection. Praise God that Jesus was a man, and praise God that He was more than a man! He was what we needed for salvation and life!
Dr. Patrick Latham