Luke 2:15 – And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
We, like the shepherds, can come to Bethlehem and behold Christ the Lord for ourselves. We come to the place where the Word of God was made flesh. The place where the living bread came down from heaven. The place where he dwelt among us. We behold his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. We see our Saviour born for us. We see him lying in a manger, because there was no room for him in the inn. We see a world that does not know, that does not value, that does not comprehend, that does not want and that does not receive the Son of God.We see him born into an ordinary, common, sinful family. We see him sent to save sinners, to call the sinners to repentance, to freely give eternal life. We see him as the son of a carpenter. We see him as a servant, a minister, we see his humility, we see him making himself of no reputation. In him we see the Love of God. The Love of God is that God sent his Son to die for our sins. We see someone who had the perfect love of God, Not my will, but thine.
We see our Saviour, who bore our sins in his own body, we see his suffering, we see his sorrows, his grief, we see him pouring out his soul unto death, we see him making his grave with the wicked, we see him making intercession for the transgressors, we see him rise from the dead, we see him ascend to the Father. We see our Shepherd, who laid down his life for the sheep. We see the Shepherd who seeks and saves the lost, who leads us in the paths of righteousness, who leads us beside the still waters, who restores our soul. We see our Counsellor, the only person we need to take our troubles, issues, worries, fears, and problems to. We see our Priest, our only Priest, who alone has made a way to God for us, by whom we go to the Father. We see our King, our Governor, who will return, and with whom we will reign, and who will stand in the latter day upon the earth, who will smite the wicked with the breath of his mouth, who will rule in truth and righteousness, who will bring peace to a world which has never known true peace. We see our Redeemer, the only one with the power to redeem us from the curse and penalty of sin. We see the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world, we see that God has provided himself a lamb, we see his shed blood that alone paid the price for our sins. We see our Living Water, the fountain of which springs up into everlasting life, we see the river that is full of water, that has healing, that is never empty, that makes glad the city of God.
We see the Dayspring from on High, the Bright and Morning Star, the light of which has shone upon us who dwelt in fear in the land of the valley of the shadow of death. We see the Light, the true Light, which shines in the darkness, which exposes our wickedness and our sinfulness, which lights our souls, which brings the knowledge of Him. We see our Life, which is the light of men, which man cannot comprehend, but which brings indescribable joy and eternal hope to those who receive it. We see the Lord our Righteousness, we in vain try to hide our filthy, pathetic rags of self-righteousness when we see his perfection, his holiness, his fulfilling of the law, his blamelessness. We see our Physician, who heals the sick, who causes the deaf to hear, the blind to see, the lame to walk. We see the Way, we see the Truth, we see the Life, we see that Jesus is the only way to the Father. We see our Door, which readily opens to those who receive the free gift of eternal life. We see our Emmanuel, we see a God who keeps his promises, we see God with us. We see our Messiah, we see that faith and hope in God is not in vain, we see hope in a world of sin, darkness, and despair. We see the I am, we see that Jesus is God, we see that he is from everlasting to everlasting. We see our Rock, who we are founded upon, who we can rely upon, who never changes, who stands sure. We see our Propitiation, who alone bore the wrath of God against sin. We see our Mediator, who alone stands between us and the Father, who intercedes for us, who knows how we feel, who knows what we feel, who has compassion on us. We see our Prince, our Bridegroom, we eagerly await his coming, we eagerly await him to receive us to himself.
Come to Bethlehem this Christmas, come and see the Lord Jesus Christ.