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What the Birth of Christ Truly Means

By Benjamin H. Liles

I know there are tons of verses about the birth of Christ; Isaiah has the most of them, I think. But there's this one I just found, "The Lord says, 'The time is coming when I will choose as king a righteous descendant of David. That king will rule wisely and do what is right and just throughout the land'" (Jeremiah 23:5).

And what did Christ do that commended Him so well to the Father, God? Christ did these things so the poor could see God and His kingdom:

1) "The blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and good news is preached to the poor" - Matthew 11:5

2) The most famous of passages is found in Isaiah 53 that describes what Jesus endured hours before His crucifixion, during, and continuing up to His death and burial (see Isaiah 53:2-12).

And Christ did all of that so we could see ourselves truly as how God sees us. For you see before we come to God we are sinners and exceedingly sinful. And yet Christ, having done the will of the Father went to the cross so His wrath on mankind would be fulfilled. Through Christ's death on the cross we not only have access to the Father through Christ Jesus, but we have been made righteous.

It is why God can say through His prophets, "Come now, let us reason together. Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will become like wool" (Isaiah 1:18). Even another said, "But if a wicked man turns from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he will save his life" (Ezekiel 18:27).

Even the writer of Hebrews penned these words, "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone...Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to [appease God for] the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted" (Hebrews 2:9-18).

Therefore, when I think of what Christ was born to do in this season of Christmas (even though we celebrate His birth in the wrong season) I also think of the life He gave so I could have access to the Father as well as to have eternal life; for this matters more to God than what i can achieve by the world's standards. Besides, I'd much rather have His righteousness than my own; His life above mine. For one day i will see my God, my Savior, my King face to face and to be able to worship Him face to face. i pray this opens your heart and your eyes so you see the same God I do. For He is able "to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen" (Ephesians 3:20-21, Berean Study).

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