Summary: God’s Christmas Gift to the world of sinful mankind was His Only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. This message is about God’s Gift.
God’s Christmas Gift
By Evangelist Gary Huckaby D.D.
John 4:10; Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
As we approach the day in which we celebrate the Birth of our Lord and Saviour to this world as the perfect man, the Lord Jesus Christ, I would like to talk about the gifts God has given to us, just as we give gifts to others during this time of year. Someone once made the comment that they wished Christmas would last longer. That they wish it could be Christmas every day of the year. My dear friends, Everyday is Christ Day to those who know Him as their Lord and Saviour. Do you know Him?
God’s Christmas Gift to this world came in the person of Jesus Christ. The only virgin Born man. Thus, we take a look at the Virgin birth of Christ, God’s Gift at Christmas.
Matthew 1:1, and 17.
Verse 1, "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham."
Verse 17, "So all the generations from Abraham to David, are fourteen generations, and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations, and the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations."
In this new millennium, we Christians are going to see many radical changes within the so called Churches among us.
There is and will continue to be a "falling away" from the principles of the true faith. One of the doctrines which has, and will be attacked, is that of the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ.
My purpose of this messgae, is not to take up an argument against these who are trying to destroy this doctrine, but rather my purpose is to rehearse to you the truth concerning this great doctrine. Today we are going to look at many scriptures pertaining to the Virgin Birth of Jesus, the Christ.
Isaiah 7:14, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel."
We have here the great sign, given the house of David. It is the sign of the virgin birth of Immanuel. (Jesus Christ)
In Matthew’s Gospel we are given the genealogy of the kingly line of Jesus, and the right to David’s throne. This genealogy, is through his earthly stepfather, Joseph. Joseph had nothing to do with the conception of the body of Jesus, it was his taking him as a son, to raise, that gives him the earthly fathers guidance, in his young life. He is seen with the family party, as they go to the Temple to dedicate the young man Jesus. Jesus is at age twelve in this short scene, and it is the only glimpse we have of Jesus at this early age.
Luke 2:40-52; "And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man."
Matthew 1:18, "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused (engaged) to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost."
You will note please, that the couple were only espoused, meaning that they were engaged, or contemplating marriage at a future time. Then the Word proves that she was a virgin, by stating, "before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost." To the natural man, this is impossible. For a Virgin to have a child without the companionship of a man. How can a child be conceived without both, the man and the woman? And looking at it in the natural realm, this would be true, but we are not looking at the natural in the virgin birth, we are looking at the supernatural. God is at work here. He can do anything. The scripture says, "For with God all things are possible." (Luke 1:37) The virgin birth was a miraculous event to be sure. To think that God was willing to condensed to a body like ours, is proof enough of His love for us. But He did much more than that, for we know the scriptures of his death on the Cross, and of His being buried for three days and nights. We know of His Resurrection from the dead, we who read and study, and Believe this Book,know about His ascension in to heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of GOD. He it is who is now praying for us, making intercession for us. We who have His Spirit within, know His great love. But this old world, with it’s natural man, the one borne of flesh, could not have possessed the ability of containing God in it, unless! Hear me now; Unless!