Galatians 4:4 reads, "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son".
How old is the story of Christmas? While it's true that the events of Christmas--the birth of Jesus Christ--took place 2,000 years ago, the story of Christmas was being written for hundreds and even thousands of years before that blessed day.
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The beginning of the story of Christmas was told in the Garden of Eden, the paradise where Adam and Eve lived in harmony with God until they disobeyed His command. Because of Satan's deceptive actions and temptation which led Adam and Eve to sin, God pronounced a judgment against him. The judgment, in Genesis 3:15, revealed that the seed of the woman (Jesus Christ) would bruise the head of the serpent (Satan). The sins of our first parents, as well as the sins of every person who has lived since then, created a need and a longing for a Redeemer who could conquer sin and restore mankind's relationship with God.
More details of the story of Christmas--God's story of redemption--emerge throughout the centuries. The prophet Isaiah lived 700 years before Christ was born, but wrote that "a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel". Micah, another Jewish prophet, pinpointed the place where the Saviour would be born: "Bethlehem...out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be Ruler in Israel; Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting".
Other prophetic Scriptures reveal more about who the promised Redeemer would be. Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 9:6: "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace". The Saviour was to be none other than the everlasting Son of God.
When Adam and Eve sinned, God killed an animal and made coats of skin to cover them in Genesis 3:21. When the children of Israel sinned, God required that they bring an animal sacrifice, shedding its blood at the altar in Leviticus 4. When God envisioned the ultimate sacrifice--the full and final payment for sin--it also involved the shedding of blood. Isaiah spoke of the suffering Saviour with perfect clarity in Isaiah 53:5,12: "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities.... He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many". Jesus Christ, the Son of God, suffered and died as the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice.
All of the prophecies concerning the birth of Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death on Calvary's cross came to pass 2,000 years ago. However, God's story of redemption is still being written today. God is still saving all who come to Him in repentance and faith, trusting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment for their sins. Acts 16:31 reads, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved".
Have you become part of the Christmas story? Have you seen Jesus Christ as more than a baby in a manger? Have you seen Him as the Son of God who left Heaven and became a man so He could die in your place, bearing your sin? Have you turned to Him and placed your full trust in Him as Lord and Saviour? If not, I urge you to do so today! Then you can say, as did Simeon when he saw the baby Jesus in Luke 2:30-31, "For mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people."
If you will accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, please pray this prayer with all of your heart: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!
Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of sixteen books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, and the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master's degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com.
Song: "Away In A Manger"
Album: "The Gift of Christmas"
Artist: Andrae Crouch
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