His Birth in History: “Therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it. He did not evolve out of history; He came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human being He is a being that cannot be accounted for by the human race at all. He is not man becoming God, but God Incarnate, God coming into human flesh, coming into it from the outside. His life is the Highest and the Holiest entering in at the Lowliest door. Our Lord’s birth was an advent.
Advent comes from the Latin word “adventus” meaning “coming” and is a season observed in many Western Christian churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word “parousia,” commonly used in reference to the Second Coming of Christ. For Christians, the season of Advent serves a reminder both of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah (Christ) as well as the waiting of Christians for Christ’s return (Rapture). These are concepts for another time, although, they add meaning and clarity to the significance of the coming of Jesus, first time and next-time.
His Birth in Me: “Of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” (Galatians 4:19). Just as our Lord came into human history from outside, so He must come into us from outside. Have you allowed your personal human life to become a “Bethlehem—a birth place,” for the Son of God? We cannot enter into the realm of the kingdom of God unless we are born from above by a birth totally unlike natural birth. “Ye must be born again” (John 3:3). This is not a command, it is a foundation fact. The characteristic of the new birth is that we yield ourselves so completely to God that Christ is formed in us. The instant Christ is formed in us His nature (spirit) begins to work through us.
This Christmas day, the Advent (Coming) of Jesus is the fulfillment of the promise of God as spoken by the Prophet Isaiah, God manifest in the flesh—that is made profoundly possible for you and me by the Redemption that is in Jesus Christ, the Son God, born this day in Bethlehem. Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- Video: A Birth In Bethlehem (nicedeb.wordpress.com)
- Merry Christmas 2010! (james127littleones.wordpress.com)
- Let Us Celebrate Christmas (samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com)