What Child Is This that we celebrate every year in December? What is so special about this Child that was born at this time of year? Why is this Child so important to the season?
Christmas, a day that we open presents and spend time with family. A time to remember times gone by and a time to sit in quiet contemplation. A time to watch the falling snow or the look at the sunshine. But it is more than that.
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
The first prophesy about The Messiah. The first time that Jesus is mentioned in the Bible. The devil had done his worst and now it was time to pay the piper and they did! The devil was forced to slither across the earth and man was made to toil for his sustenance. Woman was to go through the pain of childbirth and labour for her food. Adam and Eve had it so easy and yet they just couldn’t seem to do what was needed to do to stay in the Garden.
We skip through a few hundred years and come to Isaiah. The Prophesy that the Wise men talk about. In it is the mention of the Messiah. It is not about anyone else. It is very direct.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
Jesus is the subject of these two verses. It can be about no one else. For no other person in the Bible is called any of those names. The prophecies continue about the baby boy born in a manger.
14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
Isaiah seems to me the Old Testament prophet that has the most prophecies about Jesus. This one is said to the King of Judah, Ahaz. It can be of no one else but the baby boy that was born in the manger. For no other child is born in this nature.
Immanuel means “God IS With us!”
1 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
Jesus is a direct descendant of Jesse. Not two or three times removed but direct. Jesus’ genealogy is traced not once but twice in the Bible. Once in Matthew and once in Luke. Both we will get to later.
Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
Jesus is a direct descendant of David. One of, it not, the greatest kings in Israel’s history. Was he the messiah that the prophets spoke of. No. He was not perfect. He was adulterer, he murdered a man just so that he could have his wife. He murdered King Saul. He did so many things wrong and yet when he begged forgiveness, God gave it to him and used in a mighty way. David brought the Israelites back to the Lord.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Let’s look at this verse a moment. Micah was a contemporary of the prophets Isaiah, Amos, and Hosea. Jeremiah came 30 years after Micah, recognized Micah as a prophet from Moresheth who prophesied during the reign of Hezekiah.
I have always been confused by the two names of one city and so I took the time to look them up.
Bethlehem is the modern name for the city. Ephrathah is the ancient name of the same city.
Jesus’ birth was foretold over and over again. There was no if ands or buts about it. Jesus fulfilled those prophecies when he was born. Now there are some that will argue that Jesus was not the one. Some will say that David was born in Bethlehem as well but their reason as blown out of the water because the prophecies were told after the death of David. How could these prophecies be of a dead man!
Some others will argue that there were other children born with the name Of Jesus and yup I agree but the name Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew name, Joshua. So that settles that problem.
Jesus (in traditional last names) would have been Godson (son of God). Just like John Son of Thief would be John Thiefson. Because Joseph took Jesus as his own, Jesus full name would have been Jesus Son Of Joseph, but no matter what His last name is, He is still the Son of the most high God!
Out of Bethlehem will the Messiah come. No where else and it is fitting that the one that God chose to raise the would be of Bethlehem. Joseph, son of Jacob. He was from the house of David. God chose royal blood to raise the King of Kings. Mary’s lineage is unknown or is it.
Matthew 1:1-16 is the lineage of Jesus through Joseph. Now yes Joseph adopted Jesus as his own therefore he would be in His “fathers” line. It starts with Abraham and ends with “Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called [p]the Messiah.” The lineage goes forward.
Luke 3:23-38 is the Lineage of Jesus through Mary. It starts with Jesus and goes back to Adam. When you read it notice something interesting. Both Mary and Joseph are related to none other than David, King of Israel! Who to have better than a mother from a line of kings. His adoptive father from from the same line of kings. God had everything planned down to the very last detail. He knew who, when, where, why, what and how the Saviour of the world was to be born!
Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Fairest of Ten Thousands. The Ruler of the universe was born and placed in a manger. The feeding trough of animals. It was not a crib or a cradle. Some believe that it was a stable while others think it was a cave. That discussion will continue on for years to come. Whether it was a stable a cave makes no matter either way. The fact of the matter is is that the Lord of Hosts was born in a simple place. He was born simple and He was buried simple!
When Christmas comes around again and you sing the Carols and put out the tree. When you decorate it and wonder at the sight. Remember the child that this day was named after. For those that laugh at us Christians that celebrate this day and we worship the child that was born, remember, the day spells His name. That same child grew up to be a man and that same man spread His arms and died for you. His name is Jesus Christ!
“Keep Looking Up, His Coming Is Soon!”