Today, I want to look at the Christmas story from a different perspective. This story of Christmas has been told for years and years and rightfully so! The birth of Jesus changed the world as we know it today. Many just see the Christmas story as something of a tradition, but it is so much more than that. Jesus’ birth was the beginning of everything it would take to satisfy the claim of sin and legally buy us back from our slavery.
Because of Adam, sin and death had free reign on the earth. God gave Adam the authority and power in the earth and Adam turned around and gave it to the Devil. BUT as we will see today. The birth of Jesus was the start of God’s master plan to regain our authority in the earth once and for all.
God is a just God. That means that the things He says He will do He does and visa versa. God gave us his rule book with all of the things He will and won’t do in it. That is called the Bible. God’s Word and God’s Character are inseparable meaning that if God says something that is who God is.
This is a very important concept that often we don’t understand in today’s world. Nowadays TV, social media, books and everything else try to blur the lines between what the law says to do and what they feel is right. Countless TV shows and movies attempt to portray these “good people” doing bad things for good reasons in an attempt – whether we realize it or not – to blur the lines and justify immorality. “Oh he killed that person without a trial. That’s ok because after all he was a bad person.”
How does this relate to the Bible? Throughout the Old Testament, God gave the children of Israel rules and guidelines to follow. Why? These guidelines and rules are the rules that govern HEAVEN (and earth). There is a reason that God gave such specific measurements and instructions when building the temple. These things are reflections of how things are in heaven.
Jesus the Spotless FIRSTBORN Lamb
One of these rules is that offerings to God have to be of a firstborn. If you haven’t grown up in church this concept might seem a bit foreign to you. Why would a sacrifice have to be made with the first born animal?
2 Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.Exodus 13:2 KJV
God tells us here that the firstborn is His. That alone is enough reason for me, but more than that as we look in the New Testament in Romans we see why we offer the first born or the firstfruits.
16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.Romans 11:16 NKJV
When we give the first things to God, the rest of what we do have is blessed. (This is the same concept of tithing.)
What is so amazing about Christmas is that we see God didn’t just ask us for the firstfruits of what WE have, but He was willing to give the firstfruits of what HE had – JESUS.
Jesus the SPOTLESS Lamb
Jesus had to be without sin in order for Him to be considered “spotless”. Otherwise, He didn’t qualify to pay for our sins.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:Romans 5:12 KJV
Sin nature is passed down through the seed of a man, and with it comes death. Jesus was able to escape that by being born of a virgin conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus the Spotless LAMB
We hear many time Jesus referred to as a “Lamb”. You may have wondered why that is. Jesus was the sacrificial lamb used to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In Leviticus 16 it outlines all of the steps that the Israelites took to offer sacrifices to be cleansed from sin.
Jesus did all of this for us. He is our great high priest sprinkling His own blood for the atonement of our sins on heaven’s mercy seat.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:14-16 KJV
The Birth of Jesus
So in this time of Christmas, think about what it really means. It isn’t about the presents or the food. The point is Jesus. The whole point for Jesus’ birth was so that He could die for our sins and reclaim what Adam lost. Jesus came to the earth to pay the price of sin so that we could live with Him forever.
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