In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…
That is where Christmas begins. God created the world and everything in it. He created the heavens, the seas, the birds, the fish, the beasts, and everything that crawled. He created a beautiful world without blemish and devoid of wickedness. Then, the Godhead reasoned to make man in their image, and to make him master over creation. So God formed man out of the dust of the earth, and He breathed life into the creation. The man was given a helper, which was called woman. Together, the man (Adam) and the woman (Eve) had dominion over creation. Everything was perfect, until one dreadful day.
Just as God created the world through His word, mankind brought folly into the world through sin. Man had a choice to be good, or to know evil. Adam and Eve chose evil. Consequently, man was spiritually separated from God without any chance of salvation. Before Adam and Eve were banished from the garden God placed them in, God made a promise that one day He would send a man to bruise the head of the very serpent that tempted them.
The wickedness of man grew daily, eventually leading to God’s choice to wipe out the entire the earth except for the family of Noah. Noah was not chosen to be saved because of his works, nor was it because he was sinless (as we would see later when he was in his drunken stupor), but because God wanted to communicate that His salvation was solely reliant upon grace. His promise of the Savior was intact, but the Savior would not only revive those whom He would choose, but they would be a part of a new world.
The story of Christmas continues many years down the road as God gave His law to Israel through His prophet Moses. Not only did the law reveal the perfection of God, but also by what standard God would judge the world. The law proved that a Savior was necessary, and that He must come soon. Furthermore, for the Savior to fulfill the law, He must be perfect already. No man could fulfill the law of God, save for God alone. Therefore, the Christ could not simply be a good man, but the One true God.
The prophet Isaiah was then visited by the Lord, and the Lord declared that he shall prophesy what He would tell the man. God reminded the world of His plan in Isaiah 7:14 (ESV), “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel [God with us].” Not only would the One promised to come be God and man, but that He would be born of a virgin. This meant that the birth of the Christ would be divine, and it would be all God’s doing.
Again God reminded His people of the plans for salvation in Isaiah 9:6 (ESV), “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” The beauty of God is so gloriously revealed in this verse: not only would the Savior be 1) completely man, 2) completely God, and 3) be born of a virgin, but now the Christ would be so connected with God that He would be associated with the Everlasting Father. Later in the gospels, we would come to find that this passage meant that Christ was the Son of the Most High. Now the fate of salvation for humanity rested upon God’s faithfulness.
Finally, God’s plan was beginning to be fulfilled in the town of Bethlehem. A couple approached the city. The woman, Mary, was a pregnant teenage girl. She was told by an angel that she was to carry the Child that was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and that the Child would be the Son of the Most High. The man, Joseph, was a carpenter. He too was visited by an angel when considering to call of his marriage to Mary. The angel reveal to Joseph that the Child would be the Savior. The prophecies were coming to be fulfilled. The Lord was coming as a baby, a precious gift to the world.
The Savior was not born in such high estate or before the presence of Kings. The Son of God was born in a humble manner. He was laid in a manger, for there was no room in the inn. He was visited by lowly shepherds. He was born in a city that no one gave any attention to. The Christ was born to be a rescuer to the lost and weary. He came for the lowest of the low, and Christ proved this in the manner in which He came. Though He was just a baby, and though He he was not clothed in royal robe, Jesus was most definitely the One promised by God.
During this advent season, we celebrate the birth of our Lord. Not only is Jesus the promised Savior who would crush the head of Satan in His death, but He was the gleaming hope of restoration in His resurrection. Jesus was fully God and fully man, as promised by God through the prophet Isaiah. He was born of a virgin and He fulfilled the law of God. The baby boy wrapped in swaddling clothes was more than just a precious child, He was the promised Child. Jesus was most definitely Lord at His birth. The chances of a man fulfilling every prophecy mentioned in the Old Testament is 1 out of 100,000,000,000,000,000. What seemed impossible, has now been fulfilled.
Why are we to be so joyous during Christmas season? Because God prepared a salvation since the beginning for mankind’s folly. We can be redeemed, restored, and forgiven by the work of the Christ that came to this earth. He walked among us and dwelt among us. He was the light of the world; He was God, but we esteemed Him not. He was born to be rejected and to take the fall for our sins, and thankfully Christ rose again on the third day. In this Christmas time, let us remember that Jesus is the promised One who came for us. May we honor Him in this jolly season, and may we rejoice in His lordship at birth.
Soli Deo Gloria.