On this blessed morning, even as we read this Christmas message, we know of many who are once again enacting the scene, telling the story, and singing carols about out dear savior’s birth. The Christmas store is probably among the most beautiful in the bible, and one which never fails to renew us with joy, hope and faith. We celebrate a birth that changed a nation, changed a people, and changed the world. We celebrate God’s coming to us in the form of a baby, born in a lowly manger. And, with the herald angels we too sing, “Glory to the newborn king.”
Yet, we have heard this familiar tale so many times that we may have become complacent. We have not studied the historical setting, other translations and perspectives, and theological discussions. We do so today in an attempt to better understand and even more greatly appreciate the glory that is Christmas.
Luke 2:7: And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, At Bethlehem, as was predicted; and the Jews themselves own, that the Messiah is already born, and born at Bethlehem.
Jesus is called Mary’s firstborn, because she had none before him; though she might not have any after him; for the first that opened the matrix, was called the firstborn, though none followed after, and was holy to the Lord, Exodus 13:2. Christ, as to his human nature; was Mary’s firstborn; and as to his divine nature, God’s firstborn: and wrapped him in swaddling clothes; which shows, that he was in all things made like unto us, sin only excepted. This is one of the first things done to a new born infant, after that it is washed, and its navel cut; see Ezekiel 16:4and which Mary did herself, having neither midwife nor nurse with her; from whence it has been concluded, that the birth of Jesus was easy, and that she brought him forth without pain, and not in that sorrow women usually do, and laid him in a manger.
Luke 2:10: And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
And the angel said unto them; fear not. For he was not a messenger of bad, but of good tidings: for behold, I bring you good tidings; tidings, that were both wonderful and amazing, and therefore a “behold” is prefixed to them, as well as to excite to attention; and which were good news, and glad tidings, for such the birth of Christ of a virgin is: in which the good will and amazing love of Cod to man are displayed, and the promises, and prophecies relating to him fulfilled; and the work of man’s salvation, his peace, pardon, righteousness, about to be accomplished.
Luke 2:11: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
Day is here put for a natural day, consisting both of night and day; for it was night when Christ was born, and the angels brought the tidings of it to the shepherds. The particular day, and it may be, month and year, in which Christ was born, cannot be certainly known; but this we may be sure of, it was in the fullness of time, and at the exact, season fixed upon between God and Christ in the council and covenant of peace; and that he was born, not unto, or for the good of angels; for the good angels stand in no need of his incarnation, sufferings, and death, having never fell; and as for the evil angels, a Savior was never designed and provided for them; nor did Christ take on him their nature, nor suffer in their stead: wherefore the angel does not say, “unto us”, but “unto you”, unto you men; for he means not merely, and only the shepherds, or the Jews only, but the Gentiles also; all the children, all the spiritual seed of Abraham, all elect men; for their sakes, and on their account, and for their good, he assumed human nature; see Isaiah 9:6.
in the city of David; that is, Bethlehem, as in Luke 2:4where the Messiah was to be born, as being, according to the flesh, of the seed of David, his son and offspring; as he is, according to his divine nature, his Lord and root. The characters of this new born child follow, and which prove the tidings of his birth to be good, and matter of joy:
A Savior; whom God had provided and appointed from all eternity; and had been long promised and much expected as such in time, even from the beginning of the world; and is a great one, being God as well as man, and so able to work out a great salvation for great sinners, which he has done; and he is as willing to save as he is able, and is a complete Savior, and an only, and an everlasting one: hence his name is called Jesus, because he saves from sin, from Satan, from the law, from the world, from death, and hell, and wrath to come, and from every enemy,
Which is Christ the Lord; the Messiah spoken of by the prophets; the anointed of the Lord, with the Holy Ghost without measure, to be a prophet, priest, and king in his church; and who is the true Jehovah, the Lord our righteousness, the Lord of all creatures, the Lord of angels, good and bad, the Lord of all men, as Creator, the Prince of the kings of the earth, the Lord of lords, and King of kings; and who is particularly the Lord of saints by his Father’s gift, his own purchase, the espousal of them to himself, and by the power of his grace upon them: and the birth of such a person must needs be joyful, and is to be accounted good news, and glad tidings. (Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible)
May you all have a very merry and blessed Christmas!
Columbia Prayer Chain
Sunday, December 25
In our prayers: The family of Scotty Richardson, Myrna, Joye Cantrell, Betty and Jerry, Patty and Ted, Debbie and Pat, Robin, Melinda, Fred and Gail, Karen Amanda, Marty Fritz, Karen and Richard, Jennifer and Roger, Monica, Sharon, Kathryn, Delores G., Mary, Lynn, Linda L., Mary M., Melinda, Jeannie, Dale and Norma Sessions, Padge Arrington, Donna Hotaling, Jerry Callahan, Russ Meyne, April Goodwin, Laura Bushnell, Loretta M, Kody Oswald, Edgar Maxwell, Laura Lou Rummans, Elizabeth Adams, Gene Awtrey, John Conde, Millie Husbands, Clyde Ireland, Sam King, Bob Whiteside, Chuck Witten, Lindsay Cathcart, Raven Tarpley, Elizabeth, William Alex McDaniels, Maddie Rosenthal, DuBose Tuller, Lynn, Frances, Nancy and Ann, Chris Johansson, John W.
In memoriam: Patrick Henry Baskin Sr., Anthony C. “Tony ” Bellamy, Patrick Hawley Grimes, William Freddie Kelly Jr., Fran Mims, Jacquelyn Briggman Townsend, Barbara Barnhill DuPre, Stephen Douglas “Doug” Joones, Benjamin Edward Lucas, Ivan Charles “Chick” Reese, Rodney F. Waller
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