No one knows the exact day Jesus was born. Many argued that Jesus was born on a summer day as the shepherds could see the “New Star” while they were still in the field with their sheep in the night time.
Jesus was born with an unique mission given to Him by God the Father (see Matthew 26:53-54; John 6:44, 17:14, John18:36) – that is to defeat Satan (the Devil) as a man. However, in order to complete His mission, Jesus must suffer and die. And, the most important step in His mission is His Resurrection on the third day following His death.
About 600 years before Jesus was born as a man in this world, Isaiah prophesied:
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David.” (Isaiah 9:6-7 NLT)
The Resurrected Jesus said:
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.” (Revelation 22:16 NLT)
Isaiah also prophesied:
“Who has believed our message? To whom will the Lord reveal his saving power? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in dry and sterile ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected – a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care.
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins! But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped and we were healed! All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the guilt and sins of us all.
He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, he did not open his mouth. From prison and trial they led him away to his death. But who among the people realized that he was dying for their sins – that he was suffering their punishment? He had done no wrong, and he never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.
But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and fill him with grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many heirs. He will enjoy a long life and the Lord’s plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of what he has experienced, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I will give him the honors of one who is mighty and great, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among those who were sinners. He bore the sins of many and interceded for sinners. (Isaiah 53:1-12 NLT)
Jesus’ mission would not be considered important if He was not resurrected from the dead by His own power(see John 2:19-22).
The Resurrected Jesus also said:
“Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him – even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the earth will weep because of him. Yes! Amen!
When the Gentile Numbers are Met, all the Jews will be saved (see Romans 11:25-29).
About 500 years before Jesus was born as a man, Zechariah prophesied:
“Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on all the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died. The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on that day will be like the grievous mourning of Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddo.
All Israel will weep in profound sorrow, each family by itself, with the husbands and wives in separate groups. The family of David will mourn, along with the family of Nathan, the family of Levi, and the family of Shimei. Each of the surviving families from Judah will mourn separately, husbands and wives apart. (Zechariah 12:10-14 NLT)
The closest relationship among man in this world can be referenced as the husband and his wife. When the husbands and wives are being divided into different groups, we can see they have given up their best relationship on earth, including their most loved ones, and to look upon God only immediately before they enter into Eternal Life in heaven. Yes, God will have the closest relationship with each man and each woman in heaven.
The Best Gift God gives man is the Birth of Jesus, His Teachings, His Death and His Resurrection so that the WAY had been created for us to join Him as His children with Eternal Life one day.
God will be happy to receive the most valuable Christmas Gift from us – nothing in material – but an obedient heart that depends on Him all the time(just as David did).
Not to forget the New Commandment Jesus gave us (besides the First Commandment to Love God) – to LOVE Each Other, for God is LOVE.
What can become the greater love than God Himself (John 1:1-3) came down from heaven to this world (John 6:38) as a man to suffer and to die in order to create the WAY (John 14:6) for His true believers to join Him in heaven with Eternal Life in the last day (John 6:39-40, 6:44)?
Merry Christmas, Jesus!
Please help us to understand and to obey your words more each day until we meet you again.
We are waiting for you to get us and to send us into the Father’s House so that we will always be with you – as you promised us in John 14:2-4 (also see Revelation 21, Isaiah 65:17-18, 66:22).
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