Hello brethren, Welcome to this special episode on The Gospel Exposition Blog. We want to say compliment of the season. We hope it brings you the best and sweetest moments of life. What we will be discussing today by the help of the Spirit of God is the significance and the importance of the birth of Christ.
Many a times, familiarity breeds negligence of important and significant facts. All over the world, the uniqueness of the birth of Christ is known and acknowledged, and the fact that it is a divine birth is not a bone of contention even in other religions. But, sometimes, being familiar with this reality does not make us see the significance and the importance of His birth, and that’s what we want to look into today.
The birth of Christ was not an ordinary one. It was a divine birth when God decided to take on human form. God who is eternal decided to be both eternal and time bound like men. So, God, in His fullness, replicated Himself, entered into the virgin Mary and was born a man – Jesus. God took on human form as Jesus. So, Jesus was fully God and fully man.
“Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
What’s the significance of this? God has always wanted a way to be with His own people since they were sent out of the garden of Eden. Man’s effort could not bring him back to God, so God himself had to come to man. The word Immanuel means God with us. It is never the desire of God to leave His created being alone. Let’s read the passage below.
1 Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, as when at first He lightly esteemed.The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward more heavily oppressed her, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, in Galilee of the Gentiles.
2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.
3 You have multiplied the nation and increased its joy; they rejoice before You according to the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
4 For You have broken the yoke of his burden and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
5 For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle, and garments rolled in blood, will be used for burning and fuel of fire.
6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
From the passage, we would see that man has been in great darkness. Verses one to five show the doom from which Christ came to deliver us. He brought us out of the government of the Devil and put us into His own government where there will be no end to peace. He is truly Immanuel.
Another thing worthy of note is the fact that He left His glory and majesty to identify with mortal men, even though He is immortal. God stepped out of eternity into time to save His own for His love and His name’s sake. I was just thinking it can be likened to humans becoming a goat just to save the goat. It sounds ridiculous, right? That’s how it is that God who dwelt in unapproachable light Whom no man has seen or can see (1Tim 6:16) now became approachable and touchable – lmmanuel. What a matchless love and humility!
Jesus’ birth signifies the fulfilment of prophecies in the Old Testament. Prior to His birth, so many prophecies have been said concerning Him in the pages of the Scriptures – Old Testament. His birth fulfilled the prophecies.
“Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”
In the Scriptures was things concerning Christ. His birth is the revelation or manifestation of the truth of God’s word and prophecies written in the Old Testament. Having known the significance of His birth, let’s proceed to the importance.
“1 John 4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
The birth of Christ was God’s love manifested and His mercies revealed. Sin brought death and separation between God and man from the garden of Eden. The human race were dead. The birth of Christ was to bring us back to life. The verse 9 of the above passage says Christ was born so that we might live through Him. He’s the living God. Only Him has the capacity to make alive. He put on human form just to make us alive – that we might live through Him. God sent His son to be the propitiation for every sins that brought the separation and death because He wanted us to live. In Christian world today, we, oftentimes, are silent on the importance of His birth and resurrection while we loud the importance of His death. I want to emphasize that all of these are important and as a matter of fact, they are progressively interconnected. Without the birth of Christ, there would not be His death and resurrection. Everything Jesus did on earth was because He came in the first place. His birth was to put an end to the works and dominion of the Devil and give us (men) rest.
“1 John 3:8 For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
Jesus had to be born to redeem mankind. His birth is fundamental to the redemption we had in His death – through his blood ( Eph 1:7) and the glory we received in His resurrection (1Pet 1:3). Through Christ, God has restored that which was lost in Eden, we now have access to the tree of life. Moreover, the wisdom of the Devil was turned into foolishness – he was made a liar, because He couldn’t have men under him forever. Hallelujah!
We trust you have been blessed by this post. Share with friends as we celebrate Christ our Lord in this season. Also, let us have your questions if you have any. May the joy of the Lord fill your heart now and forevermore. Amen.