|The Miraculous Birth of Christ|
A Miraculous Book
A Miraculous Birth
Sacred Scripture records the supernatural birth of Christ: The Holy Spirit came upon the virgin Mary and the power of the Highest overshadowed her (Luke 1:35). The Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and told him that which was conceived in Mary was of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20).
"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His Name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying: 'Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son and they shall call His Name Immanuel, which is translated, 'God with us'." Matthew 1:21-23
A Miraculous Life
A Miraculous Resurrection
A Miraculous Return
The Menace of the Manger
Everyone loves the birth of a child. Well, almost everyone. Of course there are some that prefer abortion to birth. Instead of life they choose death. Most of us find a new born child cute. That is one reason why most people celebrate Christmas. A babe in a manger seems so unthreatening, so harmless.
The Scripture goes beyond declaring: "For unto us a Child is born, to us a Son is given. And the Government will be upon His shoulder…". This is getting more threatening. This is why Herod declared war on the womb. He saw menace in the manger.
The Message of the Manger
When the Bible speaks of 'the Government', it is always talking about God's Sovereign Rule. We are unbiblical when we attribute sovereign powers to civil authorities. Civil governments are "God's servant, and agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer" Romans 13:4. Governors are "sent by Him to punish those who do wrong." 1 Peter 2:14. As Jesus declared to the Roman governor Pilate; "You would have no authority over me unless it had been given you from above." John 19:11
This is the Message of the Manger: Jesus Christ is Lord! He is Lord over all and over all aspects of life: King of kings and Lord of lords!
Wonderful counsellor: He is all-knowing. He embodies absolute wisdom. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He hears our prayers. He guides His people.
Mighty God: He is all-powerful. He is God Himself. Jesus Christ is the Incarnation of God. He is fully God and fully man.
Everlasting Father: He is Eternal. From everlasting to everlasting. As a Father He is compassionate. He cares. He provides, and He protects.
Prince of Peace: There is no peace without the Prince of Peace. Those politicians who think that they can achieve peace without Jesus Christ are deluded. Only in Christ will we as individuals, families, or nations, find true and lasting peace, with justice.
"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 ultimate victory and triumph of Christ's Kingdom is inevitable.
"In the time of those kings, the God of Heaven will set up a Kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever." Daniel 2:44
This is what the Great Commission calls us to: "All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me, therefore go and make disciples of all the nations… teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…" Matthew 28:18-19
There is no authority that is not under Christ. This is what it means to pray The Lord's Prayer: "Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven." Matthew 6:10
As Isaiah 11:9 declares: "The earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." "Every knee will bow, every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord" (Philippians 2:10-11).
Crib, Cross and Crown
You rejoice that a child has been born?
Do you recognise that He is Immanuel - God with us?
Do you submit to His Government?
Do you obey Him as Lord of your life?
Is He your Wonderful Counsellor?
Is He your Mighty God?
Is He your Everlasting Father?
Is He the Prince of Peace in your life?
If so, rejoice! His Government will never end. His Kingdom will endure forever. Of the increase of His Government and peace there will be no end. "The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this."
Dr. Peter Hammond