Summary: The arrival of Jesus into the world stands as an important part of history
JCC 13.12.09 am
We all love to hear about the birth of a baby
Something special in seeing this new life
I remember looking at the feet of my babies and wondering where they would walk
Looking at their hands and wondering what they would do with them
Would they be grow up to be decent human beings, or bring shame on the family?
I wonder what Mary’s thoughts were, knowing that this child would save the people from their sins
Did she know when she met Simeon in the temple that his words would set her mind on the future of her son?
A sword shall pierce your heart
Luke 2:34-35 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
Did she understand that his life was to be a sacrifice and that she would one day look upon the beaten and tortured body that she once nursed and cuddled?
Every mother’s nightmare is to lose a child
But this child was destined to die for a reason
We move from shadows, types, and prophecies, into the fullness of the story of the Son of God
The Old Testament shines with Jesus on every page, but it all speaks in shadows, in types, in symbols, and in prophecies, all in anticipation of Someone who is to come
You cannot read the Old Testament without being aware of a continuous promise running through every page that a deliverer is coming
That deliverer steps forward in the fullness of his glory, yet as an insignificant child
As John says, "We have beheld his glory...as of the only Son from the Father” Jn. 1:14
There are three questions about this deliverer:
1. Who is this deliverer?
2. Where is he from?
3. Why did he come?
Who is this deliverer? (the longest answer)
Is 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Who would be the father?
The Holy Spirit, how?
“For with God nothing will be impossible.”
God in the flesh
Deity in flesh
Is 9:6 God incarnate
Mic 5:2 from everlasting
All 3 prophecies are in the narrative of Jesus’ birth
Jewish belief doesn’t allow Messiah to come to earth in human form
It didn’t fit their theology or concept
This is why many then and still do now dismiss Jesus
But He was fully human as fully God
No less than eighty times in the Gospels does Jesus call Himself the Son of Man
In using this title, Jesus identifies Himself with the sons of men
A Son of Man in that He is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh
Gen 3:15 tells us that the seed of the woman bruises the serpents head
Note, not the seed of man
Son of Abraham, Son of David Matt1:1
Abraham was the first from whose family it was predicted that Messiah should spring Genesis 22:18, and David was the last
The angel Gabriel, in announcing Him to mother, calls it “the throne of David His father,” sinking all the in-between kings of that line, as having no importance only as links to connect the first and the last king of Israel as father and son