At this time of the year, the world celebrates the birth of a Babe born in a manger. The story is recounted for us in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Why would Magi- wise men, travel hundreds of miles to present this Babe with gifts? Why would King Herod try and kill Him? Why did the heavenly host sing praises over His birth? Who is this Babe, named Jesus?
Jesus is the Son of God. Through all four gospels, all the Apostles, Gentiles and Jesus Himself testify that Christ is the Son of God. The gospel of Mark declares in Mark 1:1… The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Jesus is God Who became flesh. Jesus is both fully man and fully God. The deity and humanity of Jesus are displayed throughout the gospels. The gospel of John tells us in John 1:1-2, 14… In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah. Jesus is the promised deliver of the nation Israel, and all humanity from the curse of sin. The Gospel of Luke proclaims in Luke 9:20… And He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”
Jesus came to save sinners. Jesus’s purpose on earth was to save sinful humanity, by taking the penalty of sin upon Himself. The Gospel of Matthew tells us in Matthew 9:13… But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus has authority over death. He has conquered death forever through His perfect life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection. This we see in Matthew 28:5-6… The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. 6 He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.
So, this Babe in the manger worshipped by Magi, threatened kings and honored by angels is the only hope for humanities eternity. We celebrate His birth… because of His death, His burial and His resurrection.
The angels sang in Luke 2:14… “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” This wonderful season, if you want true peace on earth… trust in Jesus as your God… your Messiah… the forgiver of your sins! Amen.