Christmas Points to the Gospel
The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem signaled the restoration of God’s intent for creation. While we dwell in a broken world, overwhelmed by evidence of sinful human depravity, Christmas reminds us God is renewing all things in Christ. His Kingdom has no end. His throne is forever. His design in the beginning in the garden of Eden will be fully realized as harmony with mankind is fully restored in the City of God, the New Jerusalem, filled with the elect, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. We await Christ’s Second Advent; the promised return of the long-awaited King.
We desperately need the Savior. We are cursed with Adam's humiliation. Only through the exalted, enthroned Christ can we be raised from deadness in sin. The first Adam selfishly took from a tree resulting in condemnation. The Second Adam sacrificially died on a tree resulting in redemption. Adam was born in exaltation, but fell into humiliation. Jesus was born in humiliation, but rose to exaltation. One day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess Christ’s lordship.
In the Christmas story, the Prince of Peace takes on human flesh, conquers sin by His death and Resurrection, and reconciles sinful believers to a holy God. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He is also the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He was a baby, but grew into a man and went to war against sin and Satan and won. God incarnate put on a breastplate of righteousness and helmet of salvation and fought for His people (Is. 59). As Moses sang, Yahweh is a man of war (Exodus 15:3).
Praise God for a Savior whose robes are dipped in blood (Isa 62; Rev 19). He went to war for sinners. Do you know Him? If you don't, the Bible says you are His enemy at war with Him. If you know Christ, He's your shield and rescuer. Worship Jesus Christ.
The Gospel is the good news of the grace and power of God to redeem undeserving sinners to eternal life through Jesus’ perfect, sinless life; substitutional, sacrificial death; and resurrection from the grave. Sinners are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, from the eternal wrath they deserved. The Word alone tells every believer they are reconciled to an eternally relationship with a holy God, for His glory alone.
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