Whose Child is this?

John Farley
December 23, 2009

Whose Child is this?

A King - and not just any king but rather the King of Kings - a King became a slave so the slaves could become members of Royalty.

This is the Son of God -deity.
And here God is born -humanity.

Whose Child is this?

If no one else, we can be quite certain that this Child belongs to his mother Mary.

The first announcement that the Savior would be born was made to a woman. She was a teenager, probably about 15 years old, in a city in Galilee called Nazareth.

First of all, Nazareth was considered a bad part of Israel to be from. If you were from Nazareth, in Jewish society you were basically a nobody.

Joh 1:46 Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

Galilee was a place where people walked in darkness. Those people lived in a dark land. Lots of Gentiles. Those Galileans were nobodies.

They thank God for not making them a Gentile, a slave, or a woman.

Gentiles, slaves and women were looked down upon. They were nobodies.

He is the Child for the humble, and the hungry.
He is the Child for the nobodies.

When the Savior of the world was born, He was born in obscurity.

It seems like no one around there knew or cared. Just another nobody, another poor young girl screaming in the night, another baby born, another peasant for the Romans to push around.

He is the subject of the good news of great joy which will be for ALL the people.

He has come to save the world from their sins. There is a Savior. There is forgiveness for your sins. You can have eternal life.

Shepherds were nobodies.

Because they were with the sheep 24/7, they also could not keep up with all the legal requirements of the Mosaic Law. (then again, who could?)

Pick the nobodies to shame the “somebodies” - with a Savior that is for everybody.

God picked the shepherds to be a metaphor for the doctrinal truth that all have fallen short of the glory of God, Rom 3:23-24.

This Child is for all the people.

All peoples means all the nations. It means the Gentiles as well as the Jews.
It means - everybody.

This Child is for everybody.

God revealed Him first to the nobodies so nobody would think this Child did not come for you.

The magi were Gentiles - nobodies.

This child would grow up to become a Man, and the Man would hang out with the tax collectors and prostitutes - nobodies.

Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;

2Co 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.

In His Deity He is the Great I AM.

Psa 22:6 But I am a worm and not a man, A reproach of men and despised by the people.

The Great “I AM” became “I am a nobody”.

The Great I AM became “I am a nobody” - in the likeness of sinful flesh according to Rom 8:3; a man subject to death - so the nobodies could become somebodies.

Whose Child is this?
That’s why He filled His life story, from birth on, with nobodies.

The Great I AM became “I am a nobody” so the nobodies could become somebodies.

The message of the angels, the message of Simeon, is that this Child is for everybody.

Not that this is by any means the only place to soak in this great doctrine of the Unlimited Atonement, that Christ came for all the people.

1Ti 4:10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,

1Jo 2:2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

The Great I AM became “I am a nobody” so the nobodies could become somebodies. This Child is for EVERYBODY!

The LORD’s Supper

The Great I AM became “I am a nobody” so the nobodies could become somebodies. This Child is for EVERYBODY!


The Great IAM (deity) became I am (deity) a nobody (man subject to death) so the nobodies (in Adam) could become somebodies (in Christ).

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

You can go tell it on the mountain. You can make sure they hear what you heard.

So this Christmas season, you can go tell a nobody that they can become a somebody in Christ.


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