My third blog on “Truths That Help Us Celebrate Christmas” will take a brief look at the How Of Christmas.
The Bible says in Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
At first glance, this verse might seem to contain needless repetition of the same idea. “A child is born . . . a Son is given.” That might be the conclusion of a shallow consideration of the terms. But, to the serious student of God’s Word we find that there is an incredible distinction to be made between “a child born” and “a Son given.” Let’s take a look:
- A Child Is Born!
God promised back in the Garden of Eden that a child would be born as a descendent of the woman Eve (Genesis 3:15). In spite of Adam and Eve’s act of sin and rebellion in the Garden, God was gracious to pursue these rebels on the run. He promised to send the solution to their sin problem: a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
The Bible says in Galatians 4:4, “When the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those who were under that law, that we might receive the adoptions as sons.”
Just as any child was born of a woman, Jesus was born of a woman too.
However, there is one critical difference.
The “seed” of every child born of woman belongs to a man, but the “seed” of Mary belonged to God the Holy Spirit and did not originate from a human man. The miracle was not the birth; the miracle was the conception. It was a virgin birth, but a birth nonetheless; and in His humanity Jesus was a child born.
- A Son Is Given!
The Bible says in Luke 2:8-12, “There were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks at night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: you will find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’”
In His humanity, Jesus Christ was a child born.
But as God the Son,
He is not born, but given as the Savior of the world.
The Bible says in Psalm 2:7, “I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son; today I have become Your Father.”
And in Matthew 3:17 the Bible says, “And suddenly a voice came from heaven saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
Who can fully comprehend this incredible truth? The prince of preachers, Charles Spurgeon profoundly put it this way . . .
“The doctrine of the eternal affiliation of Christ is to be received as an undoubted truth of our holy religion. But as to any explanation of it, no man should venture thereon, for it remaineth among the deep things of God – one of those solemn mysteries indeed, into which the angels dare not look nor do they desire to pry into it – a mystery which we must not attempt to fathom, for it is utterly beyond the grasp of any finite being. As well might a gnat seek to drain the ocean, as a finite creature to comprehend the Eternal God. A God whom we could understand would be no God. If we could grasp him he could not be infinite, if we could understand him, then were he not divine. Jesus Christ then, I say, as a Son, is not born to us, but given. He was not born in this world as God’s Son, but he was sent, or given, so that you clearly perceive that the distinction is a suggestive one, and conveys much good truth to us. “Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given.”
Knowing that the “secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever” (Deuteronomy 29:29), we can receive this truth of the How Of Christmas: that a child was truly born . . . and a Son was given for you and me. And if we have received this truth by grace through faith, then we can be certain that it has been done “unto us” and that, dear reader, is Good News of great joy!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”