"For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given;And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, and Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase Of His government and peace there will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgement and
Justice from that time forward, even forever." - ISAIAH 9:6 & 7
Being under Roman oppression, the Jews looked forward naturally,
to the Messiah who would come and deliver them from their oppressors. They sought after the 'Mighty God'
that would upturn the Roman government and establish His own kingdom. The very word 'mighty' as used here, has
the additional meaning of 'hero' or 'warrior'. No wonder they marvelled when Jesus showed up, 'is this not the carpenter's son?' (MATTHEW 13:55).
Little did they know that His battle was not against the Roman government, but against sin and death (ROMANS 5:21).
Seeing His power manifested in miracles and great wonders; 'the blind see the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed...' (MATTHEW 11:5)
and more so, 'Even the wind and the waves obey him!' (MARK 4:41; LUKE 8:24), his disciples could not bring themselves to understand how He
spoke about being delivered into the hands of those that would kill Him.
"...Who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant,and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross."
- PHILIPPIANS 2: 6 - 8
Not only did Jesus Christ, in being born as a man lay aside all His glory and splendour as the Son of God, He He summed up His redemptive work by subjecting Himsel to death
which was debasing enough for the King of Kings, but even the death of the cross. Is it not written that cursed is any man hung upon a tree? He became a curse for us that we might be saved.
He was born to die.
ROMANS 5:12 mentions that through one man sin came into the world. This speaks about Adam. His sin is now imputed into every individual born out of him for generation to generation.
As such, David could cry out in PSALM 51:5 that he was sinful right from birth. This is why it is declared in ROMANS 3:23 that 'all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...."
Since the Law given through Moses was incapable of bringing about the righteousness that God required (ROMANS 8:3), there had to be a better provision for bringing man back to God.
As a result, Jesus Christ appeared on the scene. He did not come to wave a magic wand and so destroy sin. No! He came on the account of sin and had to shed His blood and give His life for the remission of sin.
God did not just 'feel' like killing His only Son for the fun of it. It had to be so because it had earlier been declared that without the shedding of blood there would be no remission (LEVITICUS 17:11; HEBREWS 9:22).
Now, for those that believe in Christ Jesus, the righteous requirement (note, singular) of the law has been fulfilled (ROMANS 8:3 & 4) ONCE AND FOR ALL (hebrews 10:10). There's no going back and no replay.
Jesus Christ was born for nothing else than to lay down His life that we might be saved. Everything else is coincidental to this purpose. Contrary to some warped ideas, He did not come to die for any season, be it Christmas
or Easter. These, at best, simply serve as reminders and nothing else. Christ died for every day and as such, you can rejoice in His death and the reality of His resurrection every single day, all year through.
All the same,...have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW