“Unto Us a Child Is Born”

Today, I will be doing a Christmas-themed blog post that I pray will give you a better understanding of the meaning of Christmas and what it means to us as Christians and people. While reading this blog post, I want you to ask yourself this question that I feel we all as people and Christians should ask: Am I really understanding the importance of Christ’s Birth? I feel that knowing the importance of Christ’s birth is crucial in order for us, as people and as Christians to begin to understand the importance of having a relationship with God.

Well, what is the importance of Christ’s Birth?

I think that the importance of Christ’s birth begins long before He puts on human clothes and comes to Earth. Throughout the Old Testament, various prophets including Isaiah, Hosea, and Micah foretold of Jesus’s birth and what to look for when He came as the Messianic King. In Matthew 1:22-23, the angel Gabriel appeared to Joseph and told him Mary’s pregnancy with Jesus Christ was all part of the Old Testament prophecy about His coming birth.

Matthew 1:22-23

22. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying: 23. Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call Him name Immanuel which is translated, “God with Us”.

This is a notable example of Christ’s eventual birth because the angel Gabriel tells Joseph of the prophecy talking about Jesus being born of a virgin taken from the prophet Isaiah. Out of the 100 Old Testament prophecies that Jesus fulfilled, I feel that there are 4 that I think sums up exactly who Christ is and the importance of His birth.

Genesis 3:15

“15. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head And you shall bruise His heel.” This first time in the Bible where we are given a reference to the future Messiah Jesus Christ. Although this verse focuses more on His death and resurrection, this first prophecy in the book of Genesis regarding Christ’s birth talks about the Seed of Eve who would come and defeat Satan on the Cross.

Micah 5:2

“2. But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of You shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler of Israel. Whose goings forth are from old, From everlasting.”  This is the second time in the Bible where there is a direct reference to the coming Messiah’s birth as it stated that Jesus Christ would come from Bethlehem.

The prophet Micah’s prediction of Jesus coming from Bethlehem was fulfilled in Luke 2:4 when Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were told to return to Bethlehem due to Joseph being from the line of David.

Isaiah 7:14

14. Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign; Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel”. The prophet Isaiah foretold that Christ’s birth would be from a virgin in order for the people to know who their Messianic King was. Isaiah’s prophecy about Christ’s virgin birth was later fulfilled in Matthew 1:23 when Gabriel appeared to Joseph and told him about Mary’s sudden pregnancy.

Hosea 11:1

1.  When Israel was a child, I loved him. And out of Egypt I called My son.” This is the final Old Testament prophecy that would tell of Jesus Christ being the Messiah. Christ being called out of Egypt was one of the factors that would point to Christ and this was fulfilled in scripture in Matthew 2:14 when Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were told to flee to Egypt in order to spare Jesus’s life from King Herod in the process fulfilling Jesus’s final prophecy about His birth.

Each of the 4 prophecies above should give us as readers, people, and as Christians the understanding that Christ’s virgin birth was told by prophets centuries before He was born, yet the Jews then and even us Christians today still don’t understand the importance of His birth. Lizzy Milani of Pocket Fuel wrote a devotional entitled, “Come and See – The Nativity Series – Part 1” where she said, “From birth, Jesus life invited us to “come and see” and I think this a great quote.

I feel that not only was Jesus’s birth an invitation to “come and see” the One who would redeem us and bring us back to God, but His birth was also a way to bring hope for those who were rejected and ostracized by society. In the devotional, Lizzy has several quotes that I feel capture the essence of Christ’s birth.

  • “At times, it’s more than an invitation: it’s a beacon call, a rhythm, a sound so deep and true that you feel it more than hear it.”
  • “But it’s not just the newborn we should adore”
    • “… within that little body beat the heart of a man who would become a revolutionary for hearts the world and time over.”
    • If all we see at Christmas is a baby, we’re not really seeing anything at all.
  • “Your challenge is to believe that good can come from those unexpected places;”
    • “… the places in your world you put to the side for the holidays.”

His birth was also a way to bring hope for those who were rejected by society.”

This is such a great reminder of Christ’s birth that I remember reading another devotional by Lizzy Milani called, “Baby Jesus – The Nativity Series – Part 2” where she said, “Jesus was not born of wealth and greatness, strength and supremacy. He did not arrive like we would expect a ruler and hero would…” and this is a perfect reminder of not only the importance of Christ’s birth but how He came to Earth. Jesus did not come to Earth as a wealthy, powerful, military general, but as a helpless babe who could understand us as human beings and experience all of the pain that we feel.

Also, in the devotional, Lizzy has several quotes that I think we as people and as Christians should remember as we go into this holiday season.

  • “He came wrapped in vulnerability – a newborn, fragile and indefensible.”
  • “… if this supernatural wonder of a baby was born into the most hopeless and weak of circumstances…”
    • “… then there is indeed nowhere and no one and nothing where his presence, love, grace and holiness cannot be housed and found.”

Corrie Ten Boom said, “Who Can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.”

The importance of Christ’s birth isn’t about the presents, it’s about the gift of God coming in human form to ransom us back to God. This I feel is best displayed in a song that I feel not only captures who Christ is but who He was at His birth and later resurrection. The song Mary Did You Know is a song that I feel truly shows us the love of Christ and what He came to do; even as a baby.

Speaking on the importance of Christ’s birth, I recently read a blog post by Tom of Pastor Unlikely entitled, “Why DID Jesus Come as a Baby? Answer: To Be the Savior We Need.” In the blog post, Tom said, “Jesus was sent as a defenseless, helpless little baby.  God incarnate arrives and He could not feed Himself, keep Himself warm or otherwise do anything for Himself… Why? So that He could be the perfect Savior for this very lost and very fallen world.”

This quote by itself should give us as Christians and as people the true understanding as to the importance of Jesus Christ’s birth because He came to be the Savior that the world was longing for. But do we long for the perfect Savior? In John 3:17, it says, “17. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” The Apostle John tells us that God didn’t send Jesus to the Earth to condemn the world but that the world would turn towards Christ to renew them.

Well, I think that Lynn Abbots of Through Ink and Image has the answer to this question. In her blog post, “Pick Me Up: Hope Deferred” Lynn Abbots talks about this question saying, “Christmas actually reminds me that God’s ways frequently don’t make human sense.” She later goes on to say that in that time, the expectations for a Messiah similar to a general ran high throughout Israel; so much so that their Old Testament scriptures pointed to a militaristic view of Christ.

In her blog post, Lynn points out that although the Jewish people knew about the “suffering servant” talked about in the book of Isaiah, they were more focused on scriptures like Isaiah 9:6 which says, “6. Unto us a Child is born; Unto us a Son is given. And the government will be on His shoulder” that described the coming Messiah as a conquering King. And that’s where they got it wrong.

C.S. Lewis said, “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” ~ Mere Christianity

Efua of Grace over Pain wrote a blog post entitled, “Meeting the Gift” and in the blog post she said a quote that I think we as Christians forget during the Christmas season and the importance of Christ’s birth saying, “God gave us a gift that we ordinarily wouldn’t have been able to get and as such, we should reach out to those people who ordinarily won’t be able to afford what we have.”

I like this quote because I feel that this quote is a reminder to me and should be a reminder to all of us Christians that God freely and lovingly gave us a Gift that we did not deserve in order to renew our relationship with Him. In this blog post, Efua highlights several key quotes that I feel we as Christians and as people should remember about the importance of the Gift of Christ’s birth.

  • “… the journey to meet Jesus Christ is worth it. The joy that the Gift brings outweighs the pain of the journey to meet Him. You won’t regret it.”
  • “In the midst of these challenges, as lights of the world, we are to conduct ourselves in a Christ like way so those people can meet the Gift in us – Jesus Christ.”
    • “This might be the last chance for that friend, brother, sister, neighbour or family member to meet the Gift box.”
      • “Don’t be a barrier to them unravelling it. The Gift is hidden inside the packages.”
  • To enable them reach Jesus Christ, we will have to deal with unpleasant things. These things are the gift wraps.”
    • “However once this test is passed, they will eventually meet the best Gift ever which will change their lives forever.”
  • As you celebrate CHRISTmas, don’t be the barrier that hinders someone from meeting CHRIST.

Charles Spurgeon said, “The greatest and most momentous fact which the history of the world records is the fact of-Christ’s birth.”

This theme of knowing the importance of Christ’s birth is something that I feel we as people dismiss because we have gotten so used to the idea of the Christmas gifts and presents that we forget the real meaning of Christmas. I recently read another devotional by Lizzy Milani called, “Our Christmas – The Christmas Series – Part 1”.

In the devotional, she said, “… if we shed our desires and preconceived ideas about red, green and gold Christmas’s, and prepared ourselves to listen with the intent to learn something new; we’d discover the story of Jesus birth is much more like the “wants” that go beyond new toys and new stuff.” This is something I feel really touches on the importance of Christmas and the meaning of Christ’s birth and this reminds me of a song by Fred Hammond called, “His Name is Jesus”. In the song, one of my favorite parts of the song is the 2nd verse because it talks about who Jesus is.

Verse 2

“Shepherds, wise men and kings

Laid eyes un the child

They worshipped the baby

So let us do the same thing

Lift our hands and adore

For you know that He’s worthy”

Author C.S. Lewis said, “The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth– the very thing the whole story has been about.

Tom of Pastor Unlikely has several quotes in his blog post that I feel we as Christians and as people should remember as we go into Christmas about the importance of Christ’s birth and the eventual effect it would have on us today.

  • “He sends His Son to become a baby one of us.”
    • Jesus lives just like us so that we have a Savior that knows exactly what it is like to be us and that we can relate to.”
  • “Jesus came as Messiah to preach good tidings to the poor.”
    • “Jesus lived a life of poverty. This life makes Him the perfect One to give good news to His people in poverty.”
  • “Jesus lived a life that involved being brokenhearted. He weeps great, bitter tears for Jerusalem.  This makes Him the perfect Healer for those who are brokenhearted.”
    • “He lived just like us alongside starting as a little baby so He could experience all the things He was going to defeat for other and then could go into the throne room of God and intercede tenderly on our behalf.”
      • “He is a Savior that knows how bad it is for us and in us and yet still say, “Come to Me” and “Come boldly to the throne of grace.”
  • “We do not have a Savior that is far off, but one who walked with us, grew with us, and played with us”
  • “He came as a baby because it was better for us. So that we can be confident that no matter how far we go or what sins we indulge, we know that Jesus understands and is willing to love us anyway.

Frank McKibben said, “This is Christmas: Not the presents, not the carols, but the humble heart that received the wondrous gift of Christ.”

In the end, though, the importance of Christ’s birth is that it isn’t about the gifts and presents; it’s about the birth of the Savior and the One who came down to Earth to show us the way back from our inhumanity. To me, the importance of Christ’s birth should remind us that we have a Messiah who was willing to embrace our imperfection and become fully God and fully Man in order to better understand humanity’s struggle and we as Christians shouldn’t forget that because Jesus Christ’s birth is the single-most important part of our lives.

As we go into this Christmas, I want you all to remember the reason for Christ’s birth and less about the gifts; because we already have the greatest Gift of all.

So, what does this mean?

Will you start to ask yourself the question: Am I really understanding the importance of Christ’s Birth?

Or, will reject the importance of Christ’s birth?

Please Comment below and join the discussion. I would like to know what you think.

If this blog post encouraged you in some way, please share this with someone so they too can be encouraged.

God’s Blessings,

Joshua Reid

 

References

Abbots, Lynn. “Pick-Me-Up: Hope Deferred” 6 Dec 2017, throughinkandimage.com, https://throughinkandimage.com/2017/12/06/pick-me-up-hope-deferred/ . Accessed 18 Dec 2017.

Bryan and Kate Torwalt. “Bryan & Katie Torwalt – Emmanuel (God With Us Forever) [Lyric Video]”, YouTube, uploaded by Jesus Culture, 1 month ago, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3op19xTt0Ms . Accessed 19 Dec 2017.

C.S. Lewis. “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” ~ Mere Christianity, By C. S. Lewis”, http://www.azquotes.com/quote/507308 . Accessed 18 Dec 2017.

  •  “The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth– the very thing the whole story has been about.” http://www.azquotes.com/quote/867806 . Accessed 19 Dec 2017.

Efua. “Meeting the Gift” 20 Dec 2017, graceoverpain.com, https://graceoverpain.com/2017/12/20/meeting-the-gift/ . Accessed 20 Dec 2017.

Faye. “Christmas Quotes for Your Monday”, createinmeblogger.wordpress.com, https://createinmeblogger.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/favorite-christmas-qutes/ . Accessed 15 Dec 2017.

Hammond, Fred. “His Name is Jesus”, YouTube, uploaded by Fred Hammond, 2 years ago, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4d3mCAuwCw . Accessed 20 Dec 2017.

Green, Cee Lo. “CeeLo Green – Mary Did You Know (The Bible)”, YouTube, uploaded by BibleSeries, 5 years ago, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1DZA_TdBBI . Accessed 18 Dec 2017.

Lizzy Milani. “Come and See – The Nativity Series – Part 1” pktfuel.com, https://www.pktfuel.com/come-and-see/ . Accessed 18 Dec 2017.

Spurgeon, Charles. “The greatest and most momentous fact which the history of the world records is the fact of-Christ’s birth.” http://www.azquotes.com/quote/521534 . Accessed 19 Dec 2017.

Tom. “Why DID Jesus Come as a Baby? Answer: To Be the Savior We Need.” 1 week ago, pastorunlikely.com, https://pastorunlikely.com/2017/12/13/why-did-jesus-come-as-a-baby-answer-to-be-the-savior-we-need/ . Accessed 19 Dec 2017.

 

Picture References

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Cushman, Ward. “God’s Response to Satan’s Attack On Eve [It May Surprise You]toeverynation.com, http://toeverynation.com/gods-response-to-satans-attack-on-eve-it-may-surprise-you/ . Accessed 19 Dec 2017.

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McKibben, Frank. “”This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives a new the wondrous gift, the Christ.” http://www.wishafriend.com/christmas/id/16785/ . Accessed 21 Dec 2017.

 

 

 

 

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29 thoughts on ““Unto Us a Child Is Born”

  1. Hello Joshua, great question you pose, “While reading this blog post, I want you to ask yourself this question that I feel we all as people and Christians should ask: Am I really understanding the importance of Christ’s Birth?”

    Below, in my own words is my understanding of Christ birth.

    I was drowning and Jesus without thinking twice left everything behind and jumped in to save me.

    I know Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th but is a day set aside to remember the day our Savior came to rescue us from hell. We should all give thanks to the Lord for eternal life that without Jesus coming to earth it wouldn’t be possible because our price of redemption was His life for ours.

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    • Thank you so much for the comment, SpaniardVIII. I liked when you said, “I was drowning and Jesus without thinking twice left everything behind and jumped in to save me.” Jesus does that for us, He will drop everything in order to jump into the sea and save us from the storm; similar to Peter and that is what I love about Him.

      In your comment, I liked when you stated, “… a day set aside to remember the day our Savior came to rescue us from hell. We should all give thanks to the Lord for eternal life that without Jesus coming to earth it wouldn’t be possible because our price of redemption was His life for ours.” Jesus came to rescue us from a death that we as humanity deserved because He loved us.

      He chose to come as a baby in order to experience everything we feel that makes Him able to relate to us.

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  2. Excellently written Josh! Thanks again for referring to my blog post. I truly find it humbling and I pray that we all will reflect on the true meaning of Christmas as we celebrate. To be honest this year I am trying to be very intentional about the reason for the season. It’s very easy to get carried away with all the festive preparations. The devil as always wants us to be busy. In that busyness we cloud our minds with the things that aren’t so necessary. This leads to stress. In this season, if not careful, couples can find themselves fighting over little things as they allow the devil have a big party in their homes. Kids instead of being grateful for what they have and are given can be seen showing ingratitude for not getting what they wanted or more. The devil always finds a way to try and spoil anything that glorifies God. So for me, being conscious of his tricks helps me to stay alert and conduct myself in a Christ like way.
    I haven’t been working this year and I was a little bit down because I felt I won’t be able to do much for my kids. And when I looked at the list they write for Christmas, I realised they wrote an item each (cheap items). And I asked if that is all they wanted. They said they will make do with that because they know Mummy hasn’t been working and daddy is trying really had to look after everyone. Then they went ahead to say Christmas isn’t all about presents.
    I felt God using them to draw my mind back to what truly matters.
    Praying we all continue to meditate on Christ this season. Have a lovely Christmas celebration.

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    • Thank you for the comment, Efua. What you said, ” I pray that we all will reflect on the true meaning of Christmas as we celebrate.” and I like that you said because we as Christians and as people sometimes forget the true meaning of Christmas.

      It really is great to see God use your children to reach you in order to remind you of the real meaning of Christmas and that it’s not about the toys and presents. I liked when your children said that, “…they will make do with that because they know Mummy hasn’t been working and daddy is trying really had to look after everyone. Then they went ahead to say Christmas isn’t all about presents.”

      Also, in the comment, I liked when you said:

      1). “It’s very easy to get carried away with all the festive preparations. The devil as always wants us to be busy. In that busyness we cloud our minds with the things that aren’t so necessary.”

      2). “Kids instead of being grateful for what they have and are given can be seen showing ingratitude for not getting what they wanted or more.”

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  3. Josh, this post is excellent in its understanding, clarity and wisdom! You knocked it out of the ballpark again, and I’m so honored that you chose to reference my blog in your wonderful post! Thank you with all my heart! So grateful for all that Christ has done for me! And then, the added blessing of finding more of my spiritual family here! God bless you big time! Merry Christmas!!

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    • Thank you so much for the comment, Lynn. I’m glad that I was able to “knock it out of the ballpark”. It is humbling that you allow me to reference your blog. I love referencing your blog because you have such amazing content on it that I feel I should share with my audience and the world.

      I too am grateful for all that Christ has done for me. He has even allowed me to use blogging as a way to reach people around the world and I couldn’t be happier that He is giving me this opportunity to spread His message. God bless you as well, Lynn and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

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  4. Am I really understanding the importance of Christ’s birth? If I am completely honest I will say no. The part of me that walks in the freedom of being a new creation and loves the Lord with all my heart (those moments when that happen are amazing) gets a glimpse of the importance, but my un renewed self, those days where I end up carrying my dead self on my back instead of putting on my new self, well that part of me will never understand. The more we get what his birth means I reckon the more of us that needs to dies. Thanks for sharing your post

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    • Thank you for the comment, Evad and I agree. Sometimes, I don’t think that I understand the importance of Christ’s birth due to the fact that part of me wants to rebel against God/ So, I understand.

      I liked when you said, “… my un renewed self, those days where I end up carrying my dead self on my back instead of putting on my new self, well that part of me will never understand. The more we get what his birth means I reckon the more of us that needs to dies. ” I feel that there are days where we as human beings drag along our old self as well as our new self.

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    • Thank you so much for the comment, Tom. I actually enjoyed reading your post about the importance of Christ’s birth because I felt that it not only talked about why Jesus came to Earth but why He chose to come as a baby as well. I pray that you as well have a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year.

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    • Thank you so much for the comment, T.R. I too like C.S. Lewis and the way he is able to weave biblical theology into his quotes and his books (Chronicles of Narnia series). I just wanted to thank you for the comment because it allowed me a way to talk about the importance of Christ’s birth for our lives and the importance of His death as well.

      I love using a variety of blogs and quotes because it helps give diversity to my blog and what I am talking about. It also gives my audience a chance to see the same topic from a different blogger’s point of view.

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    • Thank you Brenda for the comment. God sent His son Jesus Christ in order to understand our pain and suffering by becoming fully God and fully human; while being the Savior of the world.

      I wanted to thank you for following my blog and the message that comes with it. I pray that as you continue to follow, you’ll discover something on here that impacts your life.

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  5. Yes some people have the wrong concept of christmas and it is so important to know the real reason for the season.The birth of our Lord Jesus and the reason why he was born.I also wrote something about his birth on my blog.God bless.

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