1Jo 2:15-17; Luk 3:21-23; Isa 9:6-7; Mat 1:20-25; Job 23:8-9; Joh 1:1-18; Rom 5:8; Luk 2:8-14
SPEC-21-121223 - length: 78:24 - taught on Dec, 23 2012
What is Christmas all about?
A Christmas Special
What’s Christmas about?
If we can find that thing about Christmas that survives no matter what and is permanent, then we have found a reason to be joyful and triumphant.
When it comes to the world’s presentation and production of Christmas, it is over-promise and under-deliver.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
What does Christmas mean to God?
Christmas is all wrapped up in one Hebrew word - Immanuel, God-with-us.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
Immanuel. God with us.
The Incarnation. God taking on human flesh, adding a human nature.
The Incarnation is a member of the Godhead entering permanently into the human family and becoming part of it.
He is the Second Person of the Trinity, God the Son, who became incarnate, not the Father or the Spirit.
He is unique among the Trinity because He is also man.
He is unique among the human race because He is also God.
So now if you want to know what God is like all you have to do is find out what the Son of God in human flesh is all about.
His mission ultimately was to present in human flesh the love of God for humans.
It was one act that did it.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
So Christ became our kinsman redeemer by being born into the human family.
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.
On the humanity of Christ depends:
1. His death on the cross
2. His claim to be Israel’s Messiah
3. His fulfillment of the promise to David of a descendant to sit on his throne
4. His offices of Prophet and Priest