During this time of year, the Christmas season, we talk a lot about Jesus’s birth. We talk about that baby in a manger, who the wise men found while following the star, which led them to the stable where the baby Jesus, His mother Mary, and Joseph were staying, because there was no room in the inn.
We talk about the birth of Jesus, and even display a nativity scene, depicting the baby Jesus lying in a manger.
Some religions today even worship this baby (Jesus), and Mary, His mother. They keep Him perpetually stuck in this state.
The birth of Jesus was a phenomenal event. A virgin (Mary), impregnated by the Spirit of God, which overshadowed her causing her to conceive this baby in her womb. This type of virgin conception had never happened before, nor has it happened since.
What a wonderful testament to the power and the love of God! Only a powerful God could do this. And only a loving God would do this.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
God loved us so much that He sent His son to save us, a lost and dying humanity. A world that had been so badly ravaged by the destructive force of sin. We were hopelessly lost and only a loving God could save us.
The birth of this baby would set in motion God’s plan to save a dying humanity, freeing us from the curse of sin and death.
But one thing to keep in mind. One thing we should never forget is that this baby eventually grew up. He came on the scene as a baby but He did not remain a baby.
The Bible gives us a glimpse into the life of Jesus, and how He knew He had a mission from God, and was determined to fulfill this mission – at any cost. This mission eventually cost Him His life, which He willingly laid down for you and I.
Yes, this baby boy grew up and became the most hated man on earth. His holy life reminded those around Him how corrupt they really were.
People hated Jesus because He was everything they were not (holy, pure, and pleasing in the eyes of God). They hated Him so much that they eventually killed Him. “That will finally shut Him up!” or so they thought.
But His blood spoke to them from the grave. And after three days He arose from the grave, with ALL power in His hands. He arose with the victory.
Jesus is alive! He lives! He’s seated at the right hand of God, interceding for us before God.
He’s become our High Priest, granting us access into the presence of God. He offers us salvation and the remission of sins through His shed blood.
Because He lives, I can live also. Because He lives, I now have a hope and a future. Jesus is alive.
We should not lose sight of the fact that this baby Jesus grew up, and became the man Jesus. He was crowned with majesty and power, and given a name above all other names.
Demons tremble at the mention of the name of Jesus. Bodies are healed when this name is invoked. Tumors melt away. The lame walk. The dumb speak. Blinded eyes are opened.
Jesus is the God-appointed head of the church. We are a spiritual body because of Him. And one day He’s coming back again to receive His church onto Himself. He’s prepared for us a home in Heaven where we will reign with Him for eternity. Glory Hallelujah, He’s alive!