But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (Mic 5:2)
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isa 9:6-7)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (Joh 1:1-5)
Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. (Psa 102:25-27)
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.(Joh 14:27)
The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. (Psa 29:11)
There are many more verses in The Book which point to and describe how a 14 year old virgin gave birth to her first child, a son whose name was to be Immanuel. (God with us.)
The God who spoke the world into being…the second person of the Holy Trinity…(God the Son) who created you and me….became a man; following the will of His Father, our God. (God the Father.) The Holy Spirit was present in all of this as well. (God, the Holy Ghost.)
The baby Jesus was born…to die. A sacrificial Lamb. Born to the slaughter.
How appropriate that His first bed was a manger. (Probably in the same spot where countless other lambs were born and swaddled…close to the fields where the flocks lived..the sheep whose destiny it was to become a sacrifice before God in the Temple.)
And who were the first to know of this blessed event?
The shepherds in the fields. The men who best knew…their charges.
The Angel of the Lord came first to them. To announce that their Savior was born.
(That meek and mild Jesus. The Jesus whose life was foreshadowed by the life of Joseph, written for us to study in the Old Testament.)
The apostle Luke tells the story of Mary, Joseph and their first Child…
“And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”
Luke 2:1-21 KJV
We are His people. The people who have bowed the knee to the man-God whose birth we celebrate today; The One who was born in the City of David…per the prophets’ proclamations.
His spiritual people, in this Age of Grace.
How can mere words come close to describing the wonder of the gift given to us on this day ..this day that those who came before us have selected as His birth-day.
No matter when it was…the important thing is our faith in the fact that He WAS born. As the Son of God.
A gift that can never be duplicated, nor exceeded in any way.
Unto us a Son is given. Our eternity rests upon His mortal beginning. (As well as His again… immortal position, seated at the right Hand of God.)
Hallelujah. What a Savior!