The wise men from the East came to celebrate the birth of Jesus. “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” (Matt. 2:1)
These men from the east were known for their stargazing. Being led by a star would certainly be pagan, but this was no ordinary star, and these were no practicing pagans. It was God’s visible glory leading them to the child resting at his home a year or two later. They came to bring gifts to the one who was born.
This is not just a birthday remembrance of a great man, or another holiday to have a party, but the celebration of the one and only time God took on a human body.
It was the prophecy fulfilled from the time of Adam and Eve right after they sinned the promise came in Gen. 3:15. That one from their line would come and would crush Satan, the one who tempted them into sin. To acknowledge the birth of Christ (Christmas) one must concede there is a devil, for it was his works that Christ came to take away as He redeemed those who believe unto God by His life and death.
Abraham was promised that through his lineage would come the Christ — “and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen. 12:3) “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ.” (Gal. 3:16) (fulfilled in Acts. 3:25,26) Christ is the seed of the woman (3:15), from the line of Seth (4:25), the son of Shem (9:27), the descendant of Abraham (12:3), of Isaac (21:12), of Jacob (25:23), and of the tribe of Judah (49:10).There are more than 300 prophecies pertaining to the Messiahs first coming in the Old Testament (twice as many for his second coming). Why so many? So Israel could identify Him. Yet today many still reject and mock Him.
“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11-12)
“But made himself of no reputation taking the form of a bond servant, being made in the likeness of men.” (Phil.2:7) Verse 8 — “Being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Isaiah called the Christ child the “Mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6), then clarified in context that the “Mighty God” is Yahweh. (Isaiah 10:20-21) You can know about the Creator, but we really need to know Him as our Savior. Our Creator came as a man to die for our sin. That’s what Christmas is supposed to be about. Jesus’ birth changed history and continues to do so throughout history. He can change your life today.
He is the Savior of the world but has he become your Savior personally?
David Nowak is a resident of Weatherford.
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