In my last post, For Unto Us a Child is Born, I wrote about the birth of Jesus as it fulfills prophecy. In today’s post let’s see what his birth holds for us.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.John 1:1, 14 ESV
In this verse we discover some important truths. 1) The Word is God and is with God, 2) The Word became flesh – Jesus, and 3) Jesus is the only Son of the Father. In John 3:16, Jesus is referred to as his only begotten son. This is an important distinction as we come to understand our relationship with God as Father and Brother.
We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. These are the people God chose, because that was his plan. God knew them before he made the world. And he decided that they would be like his Son. Then Jesus would be the firstborn of many brothers and sisters. God planned for them to be like his Son. He chose them and made them right with him. And after he made them right, he gave them his glory.Romans 8:28-30 ERV
In this verse, we understand we are part of God’s plan and known from the beginning. We weren’t with God or begotten by God in the same sense as Jesus was, but we were known and had purpose before we were born. We were destined to become members of God’s family, not as begotten children, but as adopted sons and daughters.
These next two scriptures further illuminate the process.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh [the physical is merely physical], and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be surprised that I have told you, ‘You must be born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].’
No one has gone up into heaven, but there is One who came down from heaven, the Son of Man [Himself—whose home is in heaven].John 3:6-7, 13 AMP
The difference between Jesus and us, is his existence as God and with God prior to his birth as a child. He exists – we are created.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.John 1:12-13 ESV
It is all beyond amazing to even try to glimpse the plans of God, to come to some understanding of them. The birth of Jesus heralded the manifestation of a new way of being, setting the stage for us to become children of God, that we may one day dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23:6)
Jesus’ birth explodes into eternity with such meaning and depth, I can’t fully comprehend it. When I arrive home, I’ll sit down for a long conversation with my brother, Jesus. I will probably fall faint from the glorious weight of it all.
May you have a blessed Christmas.
Grace & Peace,