Over 2,000 years ago a baby was born in Bethlehem whose birth is celebrated at Christmas. “He shall be called Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins”(Matthew 1:21). Another name for Jesus was Immanuel, which means “God with us”(Matthew 1:23). Jesus existed before his birth but was manifested in human flesh, born of a virgin by a supernatural act of God, thereby not inheriting the sinful nature of humanity. God “intersected human history to accomplish God’s saving redeeming purpose for the world in ways that go beyond human power to contain or control…Advent begins with the awareness that we cannot save ourselves”(When God Came Down, James A. Harnish, Abington Press, 2013, pg. 11).
Jesus was not just another historical figure, a great teacher, or a good person of moral character. There have been plenty of these types of people who have come and gone. There have been those who have changed the course of history, but only one who has saved people’s souls – the baby born in Bethlehem who was fully God and fully man!
Galatians 4:4 says, “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” The “fullness of time” means after a long series of events. In the case of the birth of Jesus it came after dozens of Old Testament prophecies and events over the span of several thousand years, all leading up, step by step, to His birth. “Jesus indeed came at the perfect time, but he also brought the perfect message. He brought hope and light. In a world ruled by the sword, this teacher spoke of perfect peace. In a world of violence and retribution, he spoke of loving one’s enemies. In a world of death, he offered hope of new life- for now and beyond the grave”(Why The Nativity, Dr. David Jeremiah, Tyndale House Publishers, 2006, pg. 34). The time is now ripe for Jesus to come again!
Jesus is the most unique person to have ever walked the earth. He fulfilled prophecies that could not be fulfilled through any kind of human intervention or manipulation. The odds of one person fulfilling only eight prophecies has been compared to silver dollars covering the entire State of Texas in the USA two feet deep, one of which has a special marking on it, then having a person with a blindfold find that one special coin the first time.
Hebrews 9:27-28 says, “Just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” “For Christ suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God…(First Peter 3:18). The baby born in Bethlehem was and is the once for all time Savior!
No invention or discovery or agenda of humanity will save a person. The only person is Jesus, God in human flesh supernaturally conceived, fulfilling dozens of prophecies, who came to earth down to the level of humanity to make a way of salvation for any who call upon Him.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life”(John 3:16). “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”(Romans 10:9).