What Child Is This?
Advent is the season of anticipation of the coming of Christ to earth. The miraculous “virgin birth” has been one of the foundational pieces of our faith. It was and is a divine mystery. It is mysterious why God choose Mary & Joseph almost two thousand years ago. It is a mystery how the Holy Spirit conceived in Mary, Jesus. It is not, however, a mystery as to why Jesus came. Jesus came to earth to be the physical presence of God to us, Immanuel.
Immanuel is the name given to Jesus meaning God with us. Immanuel is personal, loving, involved in our daily lives. There are many who believe in God as creator, much like the deists, but do not believe that God acts personally in the affairs of everyday life. Like a divine clock maker God created and wound up the universe and now we are on our own. In the Christian faith the name Immanuel doesn’t allow for that, because God is with us. He came to us through the miracle of the virgin birth.
His purpose is also not a mystery. The name Jesus means, he will save. Now that we understand that God is with us, it is God Himself who will save us. God is holy and we are not holy. Sin in our nature and in our actions separated us from God. The One who is holy can’t be connect with one who is not. A sinner in the presence of God would be a death sentence. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Romans 6:23, points out there is hope for us as sinners. God has given us a gift that we didn’t deserve and could not earn on our own, eternal life. The gift was offered freely as Jesus gave Himself up freely on the cross, but it is truly a costly gift. God desires a relationship with us and is personally involved in the human story not only as Creator, but as Redeemer, and Sustainer as well.
The God of all creation was personally involved in the act of creation, in redeeming through the sacrifice of His perfect holy Son Jesus, and in sustaining every part of life through the power of the Holy Spirit. We do not need to wait any longer, God is here, He will save, and He is coming back again. What child is this? He is Jesus Christ, God with us, Savior, Lord, and King. As you celebrate Christmas, remember the greatest gifts are the Presence of God, the Salvation of God, and the Promise of God that He will come again.
God Bless You & Merry Christmas!