The Birth of Jesus Good News of Great Joy
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost,” (Matthew 1:18).
Many things have been said and written about the birth of Jesus Christ. I could write about where he was born. Or I could discuss how he was born, or I may even write about the significance of his birth.
Nevertheless, I chose not to write on any of those things today. Instead, I desire to address what the angel of the Lord told the shepherds concerning the birth of Jesus Christ.
He consoled and edified them with these words: “… Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people,” (Luke 2:10).
Why? “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord,” (Luke 2:11).
Is Jesus Christ the Lord your Savior?
Israel Had a Savior
Their’s just one Savior and his name is Jesus Christ the Lord. Before him, there was no Savior for all the peoples of the earth, but the Jews had one, the Lord God Almighty.
Isaiah reminds Israel of their Savior. He tells them
“For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee,” (Isaiah 43:3).
See whom He belongs to? Israel! He’s holy to them. He wasn’t the God of the world or the God of all other nations. No, he was only the God of Israel.
I’m the Lord and I’m the Only Savior
Therefore, this prophet of God reinforces this fact to Israel that God is their Savior.
“Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob,” (Isaiah 60:16).
So, what about the remainder of the world? What of all the other nations of earth. Who was their god and savior?
Who is Jacob (Israel)? The father of the Jews!
Hosea joins with Isaiah and proclaim to the Jews that God is their Savior.
“Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me,” (Hosea 13:4).
Why is the birth of Jesus Good Tiding of Great Joy?
It represents the fulfillment of a promise the Lord made to the Jews.
This ubiquitous prophet of God, Isaiah, appears yet again to educate us about God’s promise of Jesus Christ.
“O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!” (Isaiah 40:9).
And again: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isaiah 52:7 & Nahum 1:15).
The Birth of Jesus Signals a Transition
Subsequently, we realize that the angel of God (Gabriel) had good news about the birth of Jesus Christ, but the Savior was good news of himself.
So, now we witness a transition. The Lord shifts from being Savior of the Jews only to become Savior of the world. Even though the angel of God announced him as Savior to them, he’s also the Savior “to all people”
“… Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world,” (John 4:42).
Why Does the World Need a Savior?
The Jews and the rest of the world needed a Savior because of “the Sin of the World“.
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world,” (John 1:29).
This is the sin of Adam that all of us inherited, (Romans 5:12).
It was still present and its influence affecting all the inhabitants of the earth. Therefore, the Savior would remove it and save us from all sins.
Consequently, we perceive that the name Jesus means savior.
According to Matthew, “And [Mary] shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins,” (Matthew 1:21).
Jesus is our Savior.
So, Jesus saved “his people” (the Jews) from their sins and in the process, he also saved the rest of the world.
The Birth of Jesus Satisfied This Need
However, because all persons have sinned none qualified to remove the sin of humanity being in a sinful state himself, (Romans 3:23).
Therefore, there was a need for a sinless man. But how is that possible when “all have sinned”?
Similarly, because under Moses’ Law there is no removal of sins without the spilling of blood. Someone or some animal had to die to remove the sin of a person, (Hebrews 9:22).
As a result, the Lord made a search of earth and couldn’t find anyone who met these two prerequisites. Subsequently, he made an important decision.
He Decides Concerning the Savior
He decided, in order to save humanity He must become a man, for God is a Spirit, (John 4:24 and 1 Timothy 3:16).
So, God impregnated Mary with Himself and produced Jesus Christ the Savior of the World, His Son. God became a man. Nevertheless, He’s remains holy and righteous and He possesses sinless-blood.
Thus, when this God-man bled, His blood, by the Law, cleansed us of all our sins and made us acceptable to God. In other words He redeemed us from sin to Himself.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin,” (1 John 1:7).
The Cleansing Blood of Jesus Christ
The blood of Jesus cleans us from all type of sin. It has power to clean us from lying, murder, witchcraft, deceit, and stealing, you name the sin and his blood makes us righteous before God from it. But we must have faith in the name of Jesus, (Romans 3:25).
The Bible describes it thus:
“And [God] saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him,” (Isaiah 59:16).
Ultimately then, the birth of Jesus Christ is the manifestation of the Savior. The manifestation of God. A revelation of the “arm” of God. The Father manifest as the Son.
He was Savior to Israel before he became savior of the World. Because He deals with the Jews first then with the Gentiles or the remainder of the world.
Therefore, the birth of Jesus Christ is good news of great joy. Because now, not only the Jews but the entire world, all people, have a Savior in Christ the Lord.
Consequently, the birth of Jesus Christ validates that Jesus Christ is the only route to God and that Christianity is the only means by which humanity can be saved from all sins.
The Birth of Jesus Christ the Supreme Birth
Every leader, of every religion, is a man with sins, except Jesus Christ for he is the only God-man without sin. He’s the Savior of the world. The birth of Christ is from heaven.
It was conceived there and approved there and humanity has no say in it. The birth of Jesus Christ is the supreme birth.
It cannot be duplicated and will never be replicated. And it stands up to scrutiny from one and all. Jesus Christ is the Almighty God!