Archive for December 2016

The Birth of Jesus: the Humanity and divinity

December 11, 2016

Luke 2 MEV – The Birth of Jesus – Bible Gateway

Luke 2: 4 So Joseph also departed from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to the City of David which is called Bethlehem, in Judea, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be taxed with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So while they were there, the day came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in strips of cloth, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8 And in the same area there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And then an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were very afraid. 10 But the angel said to them, “Listen! Do not fear. For I bring you good news of great joy, which will be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign to you: You will find the Baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly there was with the angel a company of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, and good will toward men.”

This familiar passage of scripture to Christians is a snapshot of Jesus Christ. There are ordinary, everyday things about Jesus because he was born as a boy who became a man. It seemed normal. unless you read how it occurred.

Miraculous

Angels were involved throughout the story of Jesus birth. A messenger angel was sent to inform Mary that she would give birth to the Saviour and that she should call him Jesus. (Matthew 1: 16) Mary became pregnant by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit – she was a virgin. These are amazing and miraculous aspects of our Christian heritage. Don’t think it was an ordinary birth or an ordinary life. Joseph at first did not believe Mary’s explanation (not many people would believe it) until an angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream and explained it to him. The angels were involved in announcing the good news and giving instruction.

Joseph and Mary went to pay their taxes – so ordinary but Mary was about to give birth. As they got to Bethlehem, there was no room for them at any hotel or inn. Because she was about to give birth, the innkeeper had mercy on them and offered his stall – his barn. This is not ordinary. It is unusual. It could have been an insignificant fact none of us knew about except God wanted to announce the good news of Jesus birth.

The first to know

He did not send angels to Herod the King or to rich or famous or influential people. God sent an angel to speak to some shepherds who were watching their sheep. An angel appeared an announced the good news of Jesus birth – a promise – the Messiah had come and been born. The shepherds believed the angels. Suddenly the skies were filled with angels singing praises and glory to God. God chose ordinary people – shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus – yet God sent an angel – not a person to announce the good news. There is no way those shepherds could forget seeing that angel. There was brilliance and importance to the message so the messenger was made memorable. The angels filling the sky with glory and praise would always be remembered by those shepherds. They obeyed the instruction of the angel and were the first to know of the Saviour’s birth.

The humanity and divinity of Jesus

Jesus Christ – the son of God equal with God, born as a mere human baby who was helpless and at the mercy of his parents. God chose those parents carefully. Jesus Christ who would be raised as a human, being fully human and fully God. He lived a mostly ordinary life until he was 30. He never sinned. Our Saviour come to us in a humble manger.

Thank God that Christ is revealed to you

Jesus Christ, is the reason that we have Christmas. Please remember to thank God for the ordinary aspects of your life. You live; you have human needs. Most people might see you are merely human. It is true yet untrue.

As soon as you gave your life to Jesus Christ receiving Him as Saviour and LORD, you became a new born again person – with the Spirit of the living God living in you. Thank God for the supernatural aspects of your life. Thank God that He found a way to reach you with salvation. Thank God for the miraculous. Recollect the last year – the  ways God has provided for you and kept you in both the ordinary and by the Spirit.