Bible Ballistics: Vol. 14 No. 17 Christmas IS About Family??? Pt.3
We talked last time about the first family and how our sin was the reason that Jesus came! We also talked about the truth that Jesus as The Redeemer was God’s plan for our redemption “foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you”! (See 1 Peter 1:20). Jesus was, is and ever will be “the way….the truth….and the life..” that leads us “unto the Father”! One plan, provided in the mind of God “before the foundation of the world”! It is so important that we sink our anchor into this truth, as we continue in the last part of this series; focusing on this One who came that we might celebrate not only Christmas, but every day of the year! For He came that mankind “might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”! I pray that you are as aware and grateful for that wonder as I am!
Yet Jesus is so much more than a “baby in a manger”! He is ever God, and in the incarnation, He became the God-Man/Savior by His sacrifice for our sin; so, let’s spend this time together rehearsing the beauty, nature and character of our Lord and King—the Messiah of the world—Jesus Christ The Lord!
“Jesus Christ the same
and to day,
and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8 Amen
We talked last time about the first family, their sin, and the first promise of the coming Messiah who would redeem mankind—all who would come to Him in repentance and faith. The promise John spoke of:
“Behold the Lamb of God,
which taketh away
the sin of the world.” John 1:29b
This same Jesus—who IS “the same”– identified Himself to the Apostle John in the book of the Revelation amazingly.
“John to the seven churches which are in Asia:
Grace be unto you,
from him which is,
and which was,
and which is to come;
and from the seven Spirits
which are before his throne;
5 And from Jesus Christ,
who is the faithful witness,
and the first begotten of the dead,
and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Unto him that loved us,
and washed us from our sins
in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests
unto God and his Father;
to him be glory and dominion
for ever and ever. Amen…
…10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day,
and heard behind me a great voice,
as of a trumpet, 11 Saying,
I am Alpha and Omega,
the first and the last:
and, What thou seest,
write in a book,
and send it unto the
which are in Asia;
and unto Smyrna,
and unto Pergamos,
and unto Thyatira,
and unto Sardis,
and unto Philadelphia,
and unto Laodicea.
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me.
And being turned,
I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks
one like unto the Son of man,
clothed with a garment
down to the foot,
and girt about the paps
with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs
were white like wool,
as white as snow;
and his eyes
were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet
like unto fine brass,
as if they burned
in a furnace;
and his voice
as the sound of many waters.” Portions of Revelation 1:4-15
In verse 6 we see that Jesus ascribed to Himself glory and dominion—that is significant! Jesus reiterated His deity, just as He did in the Gospel of John.
“I and my Father are one.” John 10:30
This declaration along with what Jesus says to John here in chapter 1 of The Revelation, requires that Jesus IS God—not God The Father, but God The Son—that “Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world”; who along with The Holy Spirit comprise the three persons of the trinity. But God revealed long before what would confirm the deity of Jesus:
“I am the LORD:
that is my name:
and my glory will I not give
neither my praise
to graven images.” Isaiah 42:8
And God didn’t give “His” glory to ‘another’, He gave it to “His only begotten son”—that Lamb who came as “God with us” to save us “from our sin”! We could spend the rest of the year rehearsing the names of Jesus, but we’ll just take our time today and consider what He has told us about Himself!
The faithful witness—
The First Begotten from the dead—
–He’s not dead—HE IS ALIVE-
(No longer a babe but The Risen Redeemer!)
The Price of the kings of the earth—
The One who loved us and washed us from our sin—
–IN HIS own blood—
–To make us kings and priests unto our God—
The ONE WAY who is worthy of glory and dominion– FOREVER!
And just as important as these titles is how He revealed Himself to John—the power of His very person:
Hair like wool, like pure white snow—
He is the sinless Son of God—
Eyes like fire—
He is the One who sees all of our being—
Feet like brass–
The day of HIS judgment is coming—
Because God has made Him Lord and Judge—
“For the Father judgeth no man, but
hath committed all judgment unto the Son:” John 5:22
His voice as the sound of many waters—
You can avoid listening to Him—
But you will bow before Him!
The question isn’t will you bow? But when will you bow? You can bow before Him now as Lord and Savior, or you will bow before Him as Judge—a judge where there is only one standard, JESUS!
“And I saw a great white throne,
and him that sat on it,
from whose face the earth
and the heaven
and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead,
small and great,
stand before God;
and the books were opened:
and another book was opened,
which is the book of life:
and the dead were judged out of those things
which were written in the books,
according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead
which were in it;
and death and hell delivered up the dead
which were in them:
and they were judged every man
according to their works.
14 And death and hell
were cast into the lake of fire.
This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found
written in the book of life
was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15
Jesus can be your salvation, hope and life, or He will be your judge. It’s your choice as to when you will bow, but you will bow! Choose wisely, there will be a test, and the consequences will be true and righteous according to God’s Word and YOUR choices!
“And being found in fashion as a man,
he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross.
9 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.” Philippians 2:8-11
Praise God we can bow before the Lord Jesus Christ and become children of God, and all the work has been done for those who will repent and believe in His substitutionary, atoning sacrifice for sin—my sin and your sin!
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside
and the sin
which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run
that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus
of our faith;
who for the joy
that was set before him
endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down
at the right hand
of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Jesus is creator of all and yet He loves us so much that He came to be my sacrifice and yours—for all who will come unto Him. He is the Alpha and Omega—the beginning and the end—the “author and finisher of our faith”! Are you counting on knowing about Him, knowing about His Word, or are you counting on knowing the Author of all things, including our salvation? Will you come to Him and know the real “joy” of Christmas—JESUS?
“And she shall bring forth a son,
and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people
from their sins.
22 Now all this was done,
that it might be fulfilled
which was spoken of the Lord
by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child,
and shall bring forth a son,
and they shall call his name Emmanuel,
which being interpreted is,
God with us.” Matthew 1:21-23
This Son would pay the price for my/your sin, crying from the cross that HE was paying the price required for sin.
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar,
he said, It is finished:
and he bowed his head,
and gave up the ghost.” John 19:30
“For the wages of sin
but the gift of God
is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
And there is another time coming when He will call something else “done”, finished—the time when He will complete His work, and He will return as King of Kings not as a babe in the manger; when He will come and take His throne and finally complete the defeat of sin, death and hell!
“For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order:
Christ the firstfruits;
afterward they that are Christ’s
at his coming.
24 Then cometh the end,
when he shall have delivered up the kingdom
to God, even the Father;
when he shall have put down all rule
and all authority
25 For he must reign,
till he hath put all enemies
under his feet.
26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed
is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:22-26
And after ‘these things’ there will be a new world where we will be with our God and He will dwell with us!
“And I saw a new heaven
and a new earth:
for the first heaven and the first earth
were passed away;
and there was no more sea…
…. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said,
Behold, I make all things new.
And he said unto me,
Write: for these words are true and faithful.” Portions of Revelation 21:1-5
Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies of His first coming and just as surely, HE will fulfill those about His second coming! Are you ready? Are you in the family of God? Do you know the Christ of Christmas? I pray that you do, and if so, that you will remember that He came to save us and give us entrance into HIS kingdom! Rejoice and be glad!!! It is all about the “family” of God. If you don’t know Him, He wants to give you life! Won’t you listen for His voice and respond in repentance and faith to His sacrifice for You. The angels will rejoice, and you’ll have the best Christmas ever.
“I say unto you,
that likewise joy shall be in heaven
over one sinner that repenteth,
more than over ninety and nine just persons,
which need no repentance.” Luke 15:7
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock:
if any man hear my voice,
and open the door,
I will come in to him,
and will sup with him,
and he with me.” See Rev. 3:20
Amen and Amen!!!