CHRISTMAS: THE REDEMPTION STORY

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief 1 Timothy 1:15 (NKJV)

Christmas is a story of redemption we should always remember this. Christ came to save the lost.When Jesus left  all he had in Heaven to become a man He left all His glory and power behind. One thing you should know is, if He were to become our substitute for sin, He must also suffer temptation as a man. If He were to become our high priest, He must be able to identify with man in his weak and fallen state.

Hebrews 2:17-18 NKJV says ‘Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people, For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted’

The Word of God, Jesus Christ, on account of his great love for mankind, became what we are in order to make us what he is. The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding. ‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth’ John 1:1-14 (NKJV)

Hebrews 5:8-9  says ‘Although Jesus was the Son of God, he learned to be obedient through his sufferings. After he had finished his work, he became the source of eternal salvation for everyone who obeys him.’

Eternal life was lost through a man, and in like manner eternal life must be restored by a man. In Christ was restored to humanity all that was lost in Adam. Romans 5:17-19 (NLT)  says ‘The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God’s wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, Adam’s one sin brought condemnation upon everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness makes all people right in God’s sight and gives them life. Because one person disobeyed God, many people became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many people will be made right in God’s sight.’

He was made a curse, that we might be redeemed from the curse, Redemption was provided for the total man spirit, soul & body. Galatians 3:13-14 (NKJV) says ‘Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith’

Isaiah 53:2-9 (NKJV)  ‘For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked; But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth’

The Christmas story is not as much about the miracle of the birth of Christ, as it is the purpose for His becoming a man in the first place. John 3:16-21 (NKJV) says ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. ‘He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.’

 

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