Bible Ballistics: Christmas Fortnight- Redeemer?? Vol. 5 #07

Today I’d like us to look beyond the manger. While we often misspeak that he was ‘born in a manger’—he was ‘laid in a manger’ after he was born. Your trivia note for the week!! But really I’d like us to go beyond the ‘manger’ to be sure that we understand that the baby that was born in Bethlehem is the eternal God. An unusual passage to look at this Christmas is one I’d like us to consider:

Job 19:25-27,

For I know that my redeemer liveth,

 and that he shall stand

at the latter day

upon the earth:

26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body,

yet in my flesh shall I see God:

27 Whom I shall see for myself,

and mine eyes shall behold,

and not another;

though my reins be consumed within me.

Job knew something that we all need to know—that he had a redeemer—GOD! And that he would see Him face to face one day! That He (the redeemer) would stand on the earth in the latter days, whether he was alive or beyond death. When are the latter days? Well in one way they are now, having begun with the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 1:1-4, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

God has spoken to us in these ‘last days’ (synonymous to latter days) ‘by HIS Son’. In other words—God has spoken His final word in and through Jesus. In fact in Philippians 2:8-11, God tells us this about the work that Jesus did when He came as that babe in the manger:

And being found in fashion as a man,

he humbled himself,

and became obedient unto death,

even the death of the cross.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,

and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus

every knee should bow,

of things in heaven,

and things in earth,

and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

The Redeemer that Job knew would come and deliver him—He did come as a babe, lived a sinless life on this earth, in a body of flesh, went to the cross and died for our sin, was buried and raised alive on the third day and seen by many witnesses–Jesus. As we see so concisely written in 1 Corinthians 15:1-5:

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

Jesus, the Son of God is the Redeemer that Job was looking forward to, HE is the Savior whose sacrifice we look back to. Our soon-coming King who will rule on this earth, when he comes, came in order to REDEEM us form SIN.

The Redeemer who declared multiple times that HE was God come to save us. I want to share some of the verses with Jesus own testimony of who HE was, is and ever will be. As you read through them, consider them, pray over them, for only YOU can decide what you believe about this babe born to die for YOU!

Angels proclaimed it before He could speak it in Luke 2:11:

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And Luke 1:32-33, “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Jesus himself declared His deity.

John 5:43, “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

John 10:30, “I and my Father are one.

John 8:58, “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

John 8:24, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

John 11:25, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he life:

I’ll close with 1 John 5:10-15,20, not the words of Jesus, but the words of the Apostle John, the disciple whom Jesus loved:

He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him… 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Do you know the REDEEMER OF YOUR SOUL??? This same Redeemer that Job knew, is the Jesus we celebrate. Jesus that went to Calvary—

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.