“For unto us a child is born…” “…a woman…being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered…and the dragon stood before the woman…to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child…and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” “I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.”(Isa. 9:6; Rev. 12:1-5; Dan.7:13).
“…unto us a son is given…” “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh…” (Rom. 1:3) “And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli…which was the son of Nathan, the son of David…the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda …the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham… the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.” (Taken from Luke 3:23-38).
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man…as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same…”(Heb. 2:9, 14a).
As a boy, “…Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” As Mary watched her son grow into manhood, the words and events hidden in her heart surely echoed through her mind: “Son of the Highest”, “given the throne of his father David’, “reign forever; and of his kingdom no end”. The smile these brought suddenly disappeared as the stabbing words of Simeon pierced her heart, “Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul…” Her son’s road to the throne would be paved by the prophet Isaiah’s words.
“For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed…and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth… he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death… he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many…” (Taken from Isa. 53:2-12).
Hope bursts through the gloom for Mary, those closest to Jesus, and for us all, as we remember the Son of man is the Son of the Highest. He reigns forever is stamped on our hearts. He would taste death but death would not devour Him.
“And though they found not cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. But God raised him from the dead… and we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise…made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled…in that he hath raised up Jesus…But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption. Be it known unto you…that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things…”(From Acts 13:28-39).
Joy to the world!
“For as in Adam all die, even so, in Christ shall all be made alive.”(1Cor. 15:22).
How will you celebrate the Good News this Christmas season? I hope you will share this post with others so they too can know the hope of Jesus Christ this Christmas and all eternity. May God prosper His word as it goes out into the world.