Matthew 2:1-3, “Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.”
Around the holidays, there is inevitable controversy about one thing or another: Starbucks cups, Santa Claus, Jesus Christ, the actual date of Jesus’s birth, etc., etc., etc. This is nothing new.
Christmas has always been controversial. – Pastor Matthew Brown
One of the greatest controversies perhaps is concerning Jesus Christ himself. Jesus Christ is more than just a baby in a manger, in fact, his life did not start in that manger. Long before that manger, Jesus existed as the Word.
I John 1:1-5, “In the beginning the Word (Jesus) already existed. The Word (Jesus) was with God, and the Word (Jesus) was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him (Jesus). The Word (Jesus) gave life to everything that was created, and his life (Jesus’s life) brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
Indeed, Jesus did not come into existence, instead He existed with God in the very beginning of God. Jesus is the guiding force behind all creation.
- The book of Matthew starts the story by tracing Jesus’s lineage back to Abraham (the father of Judaism)
- The book of Luke starts the story of Jesus by tracing his lineage to Adam (the father of mankind)
- The book of John starts the story of Jesus by going back to the Beginning – Jesus has always existed
“In the beginning the Word (Jesus) already existed.” John 1:1.
700 years previously, the prophet Micah shared God’s words, “But as for you, Bethlehem . . . Too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2
Jesus, having always existed, humbled himself and reduced himself to a human baby born in an unknown town. Christmas may cost you money, it may cost you time, but for God, it cost him everything to send his son to live among us and to share his good news.
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“. . . Now I’m not one to second guess
What angels have to say
But this is such a strange way to save the
To think of how it could have been
If Jesus had come as He deserved
There would have been no Bethlehem
No lowly shepherds at His birth . . .”