The Creators Birth
And so, this is Christmas – Dec. 2nd, 2018
Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. Hebrews 1:1-2 (NLT)
There are some pretty phenomenal events recorded in the scripture. I would have to imagine that if this were put to a theological debate that the scholars of our time would have a heyday arguing their position. But since I’m not a theologian nor a scholar, I’ll share my perspective and if someone wishes to debate the matter, that is their prerogative, I’m not going to participate.
Creation itself was an amazing feat when you consider the intricacy of everything that was created and so much of it created with a word from the Creator. You might even turn a phrase a bit and say nothing more than The Word of God and you’d be equally correct.
From Creation to the Second Coming and the rapture where the dead in Christ Jesus will be raised first to new bodies and we the faithful shall be called up to meet them in the air, you could make a case for any number of events and attempt to set them apart from the rest as the ‘most phenomenal’ act of God in the scripture.
I will state that when Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross at Calvary, in order to purchase our redemption, then bore our sins to the grave only to rise again the third day, we have perhaps a challenge to the title of most phenomenal event.
But the one that I think stands above the rest is the ‘Birth of the Creator’.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. John 1:1-3 (CSB)
… and …
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (CSB)
Consider that if the Creator, Jesus, would not have come to dwell among us, he wouldn’t have been able to eventually sacrifice himself so that he might redeem us from the debt of sin. If there were no Emanuel, there wouldn’t have been a Messiah fulfilling prophecies promised for centuries. If you take into account, his amazing omniscience and omnipresence, you can only conclude that before he spoke the first star into place, he knew full well what would be required to accomplish that which he desired.
He would have to become one with his creation to forge a path to redemption.
The twenty-fifth day of December, we celebrate that event. And yes, we likely don’t have this nailed down to the specific day of the year that the birth took place, but we set this day, Christmas, to celebrate the Coming of the Christ! God coming to live among men, as all man, and all God.
Just so that he could secure the inheritance promised by the Father.
God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. Hebrews 1:2b (NLT)
This was big! It was the culmination of a plan that was established before the dawn of time and with his birth, he put rubber on the road and made those promises a reality. Unfortunately, I feel like even though we all benefit from and the significance of this seems to escape us.
Christmas has become a seasonal celebration. We decorate, sing, and acknowledge to some extent the goodness of friends and family. However, the core reason we have set this day aside has been covered by tensile and Santa, gifts and giving, food and fellowship. There is little if any reflection on the amazing event of the birth of God’s Son himself, nor what he was putting on the line by being born of a virgin on that first Christmas night.
Yes, his death on the cross was a terrible way to die and he became our sacrifice, but what we fail to realize all too often is that the mere fact that he came here was a sacrifice for him as well.
He, the creator, knew only the Glory of heaven and the embodiment of everything Holy and pure, who shared to this point everything with the Father, was taking the bold and unprecedented step of exposing himself to his creation in flesh and bone.
But we do see Jesus — made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace he might taste death for everyone — crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death.
For in bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was entirely appropriate that God — for whom and through whom all things exist — should make the source of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Hebrews 2:9-10 (CSB)
He humbled himself and became lower than the angels that he created for a time, in order that the Grace of God could be had by anyone. And by virtue of his omniscience he experienced that death then as he does now, and he did on the cross.
The cross is the exclamation point on the plan, but his birth was his plan put into motion and with it the acceptance of all the suffering that would come, impacting him as he lay in that manger.
Is it any wonder that his compassion was full and complete as he walked among us? Knowing full well what he had and was experiencing to pave this pathway back to his creation.
Few of us have the opportunity to save another. For those who have had that opportunity, they understand the bond that is established between the rescuer and the ones rescued. It is an indelible mark on the soul. When shared and acknowledged by both parties, there is a profound impact on each, which transcends time.
Jesus upon his birth, was on scene as the first and only responder to us who were dying in sin. Just as the first responders in an emergency is acutely aware of what is at risk going in, press forward committed to pull the lost from calamity.
This isn’t an image that we tend to associate with a lowly stable and a baby lying in a manger, but it was exactly that. He knew that he would pay the ultimate price for every man, woman, and child that had been a result of his creation, but he also knew that as a result of that payment that he would have secured the safety of those who trusted in his rescue effort.
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God. John 1:11-13 (CSB)
Creation was a big deal. His return to gather his Bride to himself and the judgement of the world, is massive. His death on the cross, burial, and resurrection give us life enterally with him and without that sacrifice we would have no hope. But it is the manger where he put all this together and stepped on scene to rescue his creation from certain death.
This is why I see Christmas as so much more than a miraculous event in history. It was the birth of the Creator, when he that made all things that were made, came to make a way back to himself from the pit of hell.