True Godsend

The account of the birth of Christ (Messiah) is not a mere pretty story to bring cheer every year.
True Godsend
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While much of the world celebrates, or at least acknowledges, the birth of the Messiah (Christ) that was foretold in the Old Testament Scriptures, few have a thorough “head knowledge" of the event and even fewer make it truly relevant to their life. But the birth of Christ was a true Godsend, one that the world needed and one that was able to make a positive change in each person’s life, leading to Eternal Life.

The birth of Christ was prophesied in the Old Testament in numerous passages. One such passage is Isaiah 9:1-7. Volumes could be written about

this passage, which is true for other passages. To fully expound that section would take a few hours in the least. So for this message we are just going to focus upon the first three lines of verse 6, and from those we will discover that this Godsend brought to mankind {1} the following three things.

I. True Life 6a
“For unto us a child is born, ..."

Each of us has been born with a sin-nature so each of us needs a fresh start. God has provided that new start through Christ. Being born of a virgin, He did not inherit a sinful nature since He was not a descendant of Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45-48). This was very necessary in order to provide salvation for all. No one with sin can come into the glorious presence of God (1 Corinthians 15:50).

Whenever someone surrenders their life to Christ, confessing that they are a sinner and believing He is resurrected, they become born again (Romans 10:9-10). As it is written in  2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature... ." They have actually started over again by the grace of God.

The Greek in the New Testament makes a distinction when it comes to life. One such distinction is that there is a word often translated “life" that deals with the biological aspects of living as well as the everyday activities and duties we all carry out. On the other hand, there is one that focuses upon the purpose and zest of life. When it comes to the latter, Christ Himself said in John 10:10b, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Of course, since this true life comes from Christ, such life carries with it godliness. This godliness further enhances one’s life as they continue to walk in Christ. Consider 1 Timothy 4:8,”... godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”

As you can see, Christ, the Fresh Start offered to each person, brings Eternal Life. While all will be raised and exist after their death, those that did not fully accept the redemption provided by Christ will live in eternal shame and contempt (Daniel 12:2).

II. Powerful Liberation 6b
“...unto us a son is given: ..."

When Mary of Nazareth gave birth to her firstborn the child was a male. As already noted, since this was a virgin birth this male child was “the last Adam."

Consider, then, that the Christ Child was “the clean slate," or perhaps many might understand the thought of a “blank disc" or “blank hard drive." But, instead of us writing on the slate or hard drive, Christ did the “writing” or “programming” by obeying not only the Jewish Law, but the powerful spiritual principles the letter of the law contained, and also the direction of the Holy Spirit. All that He chose and did was correct in the eyes of the Father, so Christ was sinless.

The facts that He was “the firstborn,” a male (as the last Adam), and sinless fulfilled the prophetic requirements that the Messiah would bear our sins and receive the just punishment for them (see Isaiah 53). 2 Corinthians 5:21 and other Holy Scriptures point out that our sins and sin nature were actually given (imputed) to Christ while He was on the cross.

Aside from the actual fact that He is


called “the Son of God" because of His inherent divine nature, He is additionally declared “The Son" because of His victorious life, sacrificial work upon the cross, and His resurrection (Please read Hebrews chapter 1 through all of chapter 5 about this. {2}).

Because of Christ’s efficacious work, all that fully trust in Him can be liberated from sin and the sin nature: Romans 6:14, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace." If one truly surrenders to Christ they are liberated from self, cleared from damnation, and become suited for lovingly serving God.

III. Blessed Leadership 6c
“... and the government shall be upon his shoulder:"

As pointed out in the article, Memorial Of Sovereignty, God is already in charge, but the time draws near when Christ will physically rule the world from Jerusalem during His millennial reign. It will be quite pleasant for all, but each physically living person who was not part of the first (first not in time, but “quality") resurrection and all nations will have a level of choice.

Those who have found redemption in Christ, applying it to their lives enjoy, His government now. There are a few churches that are actually just about fully ran by Christ and there are a number of mature Christians that live fully surrendered to Him.

It is up to each person, though, whether or not they will permit Christ to be their Lord or, to put it into today’s more familiar terminology, “their boss." Some that turn to Christ do not do so until they themselves have repeatedly tried to manage their life. Others come to Christ under other conditions, but all that do must surrender their “self,” recognizing that we all come short of the glory of God, and must make Christ King of their life, following through with Holy Spirit empowered obedience to the written Word of God and the spoken Word Of God by the Holy Spirit to their heart.

Notes:

{1} Used in the proper traditional sensible sense, denoting all people, male and female. I could not care less about being politically correct.

{2} Read this passage, or any passage of the Holy Bible online at http://www.blueletterbible.org/ .

{3} Memorial of Sovereignty may be read at http://holybibletreasures.expertscolumn.com/article/memorial-sovereignty .

This article was in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by January 20, 2015 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M346 .

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    Our efforts to transform society into a more loving and just experience for all must be deeply rooted in our Christianity, and thus deeply rooted in prayer.
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