Genesis 4:1 – And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
Matthew 1:21 – And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Matthew 1:22 – Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Matthew 1:23 – Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Hello readers, time for a Christmas themed blog! The birth of births. It’s nearly Christmas, and at Christmas we can remember the birth of Jesus Christ. Through all the gift giving we easily forget that the greatest gift ever given is the gift of God to us… sending his Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. His birth was the birth of births. In John 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Jesus Christ was simply God in the flesh. It why Jesus said God was his Father, because he wasn’t fathered by a biological human, but by God himself. You and I are products of our human father and mother, but Jesus had a heavenly Father … Joseph was not his biological father. Jesus did not begin at his human birth, he is, and he has always been. It’s why he prayed in John 17:5 – And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. Jesus has always been… it is his human incarnation that was a few thousand years ago. 1 Timothy 3:16 says God was manifest in the flesh. Who can understand it? God entering his own creation.
Why was Jesus Christ’s birth so special? I mean, why did he even need to be born into this world? Well, to answer that we need to go back to Genesis. Back in Genesis, God created the heaven and the earth. He created man, a unique and special and wonderful part of the creation, because man was made in God’s very own image. Man is different from all the beasts, the birds, the fish, everything else… man has the very breath of God in his nostrils. We have a spirit, and that is the unseen but most real part of us. When your spirit goes, so does your life. The body without the spirit is dead. Your spirit is that breath of life. It is no wonder Jesus spoke of the new birth, which is when we are spiritually born again, to being like the wind that bloweth where it listeth and you cannot tell whence it cometh and whither it goeth. So all this was so great, we were created in God’s image, perfect, born to live forever, with an image just like God’s…
But man sinned. Sin had catastrophic consequences. What is sin? It is disobedience to God. Man became a fallen corrupted being. We were made perfect in God’s image, but that image was marred by disobedience, corrupted by pride and lust. If we all look at ourselves first and around… we can see how fallen mankind is. Every human being ages, every human being does wrong, every human being has weaknesses, every human being has flaws, every human being stuffs up, every human does evil. God had to enter creation to rescue us. That’s what makes Jesus’ birth so special, because without God’s very own intervention we are a lost creation, a lost cause, born to die, and under judgement, fallen… murdered… who’s end is hell. You see, humanity was already murdered a long time before you or I were born. God warned Adam that he’d surely die if he disobeyed God and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil… and die he did. Spiritually Adam died instantly, and physical death occurred later, but it is an abundant proof of sin. There was no death till sin, death is not part of God’s design and will for us, death is a consequence, death happens when you are separated from God. If Jesus has life, which he does, then to be separate from the source of life, from the life giver, is to be dead.
So all looked hopeless… but God made a promise to Adam and Eve in the garden, they didn’t understand it, but God promised a seed that would come. This promise was reiterated and expanded upon many times… but it was a promise of a seed, a Saviour, a blessed one through whom blessing would come, someone who would rise above this mess and pull us out this mess. A child that would be born. Someone who would be able to redeem mankind. Adam and Eve had kids, and as they named them, and they were born, they had hope that this child would be the one. They didn’t know the thousands of years that would ensue till the advent of Christ. And mankind wasn’t ready for Jesus Christ, because man needed to learn about who God is and what man has done so wrong. Adam and Eve had joy over the birth of Cain, was this the one? It doesn’t take long to find out that Cain was not the one, he was a liar, a murderer, full of hatred and bitterness and evil. He killed Abel, was he the one? No, but Abel trusted God and he did right… but in his death it seemed like the seed had been snuffed out. But then Adam and Eve had another son, called Seth. Was it him? But he wasn’t the one either. And all through the Old Testament you see the arrival of children or the rise of men, were they the one? No. But their lives did display Christlikeness in many ways. God through their lives would teach us many things about who he is and the work he was doing and what he requires of us through their lives. You look at Joseph, there are so many things in his life that pattern the one who would come. The one humanity was looking for.
But with so many births, so many arrivals, they were all not the one. There were those who believed God, who obeyed God… and God kept reaffirming his promise to them. Abraham obeyed God, and God made him a promise that in his seed all the nations would be blessed. God reaffirmed it to Jacob. The promise was to all who had faith in God, that’s why if you are saved, you are a child of promise. The promise is entered into by faith. You don’t need to be Jesus, you can’t be, you can’t do it, you can’t make it… just believe in the one who did! God was revealed many things about the one, all through the Old Testament… prophecy after prophecy. But until Christ, and afterwards, there are no humans on earth, even the best of the lot, that have been worthy. There is a search in Revelation, a search for someone worthy in Revelation 5… but noone in heaven or in earth or under the earth was found worthy… until John saw the Lamb of God step forward… the only one worthy to open the book. Noone has existed apart from Christ who has been sinless. Noone has been the Christ… noone has been that one. It’s why you should not follow man, because no matter how great, no matter who, no matter what… following man is still following just a man. Fallible, sinful, ageing and dying. Who can’t forgive you, who can’t save you, who can’t bless you. God only made the promise to one seed, there was only one person coming. Jesus said I AM the way, the truth and the life. He was the only one. Ever since Adam it was waiting for the one. Someone born who would be a game changer, who would elevate us out of the mire of sin, out of the curse of disobedience, out of bondage to Satan, out of the inescapable prison of eternal hell.
So they had kids, and their kids had kids, and so on… they named them, but they weren’t the Christ. But many were Christlike. That’s what Christian means. If you have the Spirit of God your life will pattern Jesus Christ. They rejected him, they’ll reject you. They persecuted him, they’ll persecute you. He did good, and you will do good. That is… if you have the Holy Spirit… because if you don’t have him, you are none of his. And you and I can be Christlike as many were, like Moses, like Joseph, like David… but there is only one Lord Jesus Christ. All these heroes of the faith pictured Christ in different ways, and God was revealing himself to them and through them… but noone ever lived up to it. Everyone still died. Everyone was still under sin. Everyone was still full of failure and stuff ups. Look at David… a man after God’s own heart… yet look at his appalling sin with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah. One would be strong here, but weak there. One would be good at this, but bad at that. One would do right here, but do evil there. Because noone was actually the one. Even John the Baptist, who announced finally the arrival of Christ… Matthew 11:3 – And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? John the Baptist was in prison for obeying God and doing right, and even he had doubts. He asked… Art thou he? Was Jesus Christ the one? Yes, Jesus was. Because Jesus is the I AM. He was the complete and real deal. The Bible says in Jesus Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Jesus Christ is all he’s cracked up to be. He was perfect. Sinless. He has all knowledge. He has all power. He is God. He is what noone else was or could ever be. If you read in Revelation 4, you’ll then realize why they cast their crowns before him and say thou art worthy! We aren’t worthy, none of us are… but he is!
The thing is, many people aren’t looking for the Christ. They’ve found someone to follow, be it themselves, or a great one. They find a cause, a club, a way, a course, a person… whatever it or they or he may be. Nimrod was a great one, a mighty hunter, many followed him to Babel. But look where it got them. Many people are pleased with themselves. They’re satisfied with themselves, in who they are and what they are and how they’re doing in life. For many people the birth of births is irrelevant. Look at Esau, he sold his birthright for basically nothing! Why do you think God hated him. He put a bowl of food above the birth of births. You see Esau wasn’t interested in the coming Saviour, he thought he had it made, he was a hunter, he was a man of the world, he was the number one, so why look for a number one? To be looking for Jesus Christ is to see yourself as unworthy and not up to it. You may be a great one, you may have a great niche in life, you may be a know it all, you may be anything, you may have attached yourself to a great cause, you may think you are impregnable as the Edomites did in their forts in the mountains… but the only thing, the only one who will stand at the end is Jesus Christ. We can think the universe revolves around us, but who it truly revolves around is… Colossians 1:17 – And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. If you are on his side you will make it, but all his enemies will be put under his feet. God said to Abraham… In thy seed shall all the nations be blessed… and we know that that seed is Christ. It is one seed, it is Christ. Ishmael was rejected, it was through Isaac and nobody else. You cannot come to God or be accepted any other way other than through Jesus Christ. People are blessed because of Jesus Christ, he is the blessed one, and through him blessings flow.
As if people can be satisfied with who they are! Look at us. We age. We get old and wrinkly. We get sick. We die. We have pains and sorrows. All these are proofs we are under a curse. We are mortal, we are fallen. We are full of evil thoughts. We are full of selfish motives. We are incomplete at best, we have far more bad traits than any redeeming characteristics. We are full of sin. If our thought life and private life was laid bare, it’d make for inconceivable and embarrassing and revealing reading. Look what Ezekiel saw on the wall (Ezekiel 13)… God peeled back the layers and Ezekiel saw what was really going on in Israel beyond the exterior of religion and worship. It was an abomination. There were so many births before the birth of Christ, yet none of those births produced Jesus Christ, none produced the Saviour, none of them were that seed that God spoke of, none of them could forgive, none of them could redeem humanity, none of them were sinless, none of them could rise from the dead, none of them had God for their Father, none of them were God. The birth of Jesus Christ is the birth of births. And if you get saved, being born again is being spiritually made alive, a new creature born in you, Jesus living in you. You can be born again and he can dwell in your heart by faith, he can save you from your sins, you can have a relationship and fellowship with that one who was born in Bethlehem, who loves you, who will forgive you, who will give you eternal life, who will give you victory over sin. All that was lost is restored in Christ and more. He has salvation and gives it to anyone who will simply take him at his word by faith.
There is noone worth following other than Christ. There is noone worth trusting in other than Christ. There is noone who can keep you and preserve you and bless you other than Christ. Follow another human and he will let you down. We idolize actors and sport stars who don’t give a dime for us beyond making money off us. But they’re not your friend. They’re not there for you when you’re down. They won’t visit you in hospital. They can never be who and what Jesus Christ is. No matter who or what you follow you will be disappointed in the end. The blessing, the life, the forgiveness, the future is in Christ. That is why his was the birth of births. All other births produced failures, produced fellow sinners, produced someone who could not do what Jesus did, who was not what Jesus was. Jesus Christ’s birth was the birth of births, he was the ultimate gift of God. God didn’t have to save us, but he did, because he loves us… Jesus is the proof, the embodiment of God’s love to us. You can make Christmas whatever you want it to be, we can all clap each other on the back, exalt ourselves and each other, but at the end of the day, the only thing, the only one that matters is the one… Jesus Christ. Revelation 4:2 – And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. That one is Jesus Christ… he was the one, and his birth was the birth of births.
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)