Let’s join with the angels in heaven. Their excitement about the Messiah’s birth could not be contained. They burst onto the scene in a shepherds field. First one or two and then the whole heavenly host saying “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased”. Apparently, all of heaven is celebrating the best news the world has ever heard. The Creator has stepped in to His creation. The God of the universe lays in the arms of a teenage girl in a cave in Bethlehem.
Christmas changes everything. God’s original design for mankind was for us to walk with Him in the garden. We could enjoy His presence and live in His gracious favor. After eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, that relationship experienced a distance that God never intended. For thousands of years, the people of the Old Testament longed for an answer to the problem of sin. God prophesied over and over about His Messiah and gave us clear signs as to who we should be looking for.
The Messiah has to be a descendent of Abraham (Gen 12:3), Isaac (Gen 21:12), Jacob (Numbers 24:17) and David (Ps 132:11). He must be born of a virgin (Is. 7:14) and there will be no end to His governing (Is. 9:6). He will be called Immanuel, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace(same Isaiah passages). He will be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) and called out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1) after a time of great upheaval when many women will weep because their children are murdered (Jer. 31:15). Just before His arrival, a prophet like Elijah will be on the scene preparing the way for the Lord (Mal 3:1 and 4:5-6).
Jesus fulfills every prophecy. Finally, the long promised answer has arrived with a remedy for our sin. His legacy is one of faithfulness and now He works in us as we say with the angels “Glory to God in the highest”.
Todd R. Marrah, Ph.D