Jesus, God With Us
“Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given…” (Isa. 9:6a)
Our culture is becoming more and more secularized. There are forces at work today that would like to take anything religious (that is, as long as it has to do with Jesus and Christianity) out of the public square. All other “religious” expression is allowed. Well, I would like to take this opportunity to make a Christmas Declaration!
Christmas is the celebration that God is with us!
When the prophet Isaiah boldly declared this prophecy, he told of the birth of Messiah! This was not the birth of just any religious leader. It was not the birth of a “good man” who went around trying to help people. This was a declaration that Messiah would be born into this world! That means that GOD was coming into the world to save His people and all who believe in Him. More specifically, as this scripture implies, the announcement of the birth of Messiah was the announcement that the God-Man was coming to be among us!
Yes. Jesus the child…This means that He would have human form. He would be born of a virgin, as the scriptures prophesied, into the human race. And also, Jesus the Son…This points to His Divine nature. He was the Eternal Son of God coming into the world. Messiah is God Himself in Human form; the GOD-MAN!
No other religious leader could make this claim. No other religion can make this claim. Only Christianity, growing out of Old Testament Judaism can claim that Messiah has come! No other religion has a Messiah! There’s only ONE! This is what sets Christianity apart from every other world religion. The Messiah promised in the Old Testament has appeared in the New Testament era! All other “messiahs” are false; all other religious views that don’t acknowledge Him are also false.
For Jesus to be Messiah, He had to be God. For us to be able to identify with Him and Him with us, He had to be man. Hence, Jesus is the God-Man, the Messiah; fully God and fully Man. It is because of this that ONLY HE can be the savior of all mankind.
So, as we celebrate Christmas, we can do so TRULY as long as we recognize that Jesus, the Messiah, coming into this world as a babe is the ONLY MESSIAH! There is no other Name given under heaven whereby we must be saved. (Acts. 4:12)
May the joy of knowing Jesus the Messiah bless you and your family this Christmas Season. A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to you all.