Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29, 36), was born to die, that you and I might live! As we discovered yesterday, Jesus is both the Lamb of God and the Good Shepherd. He was born in a lowly stable, visited by lowly shepherds and intermingled among lowly people. Yet, in doing so, He became our Good Shepherd!
Miraculously, God granted us a way of salvation and redemption. But when was that plan conceived in the mind of God? When did He recognize that created beings would be less than perfect, and in desperate need of a Savior? When did He devise the plan of salvation and redemption? Graciously, Scripture clearly provides those answers in these passages:
…the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”~Revelation 13:8 (NKJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.~Ephesians 1:3-6
Miracle of miracles! Because an all-knowing, omnipotent God knew that man would fall for Satan’s lies, He planned our salvation and redemption before the world was ever created! Yes, before time began the Lamb was slain and we were chosen to be children of God! The free gift was offered!
You see, Christmas (provision of the Lamb) was on His mind from the very beginning!
I find it interesting that Scripture does not tell us exactly when Jesus was born. Theologians have many different theories about the actual day of Jesus’s birth, but really…does it matter? The exact day is not the issue. The issue is that He was born at exactly the right time!
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.~Galatians 4:4-5
Christmas came at precisely the right time…in the fullness of time! God spoke to Moses and the prophets about such things (Hebrews 1:1-2), and the Old Testament shouts, “Christmas is coming!” However, He never revealed an exact time. Though annual feasts foreshadowed Christ’s death, burial and resurrection (as well as future events), there were no such feast or celebration to foreshadow Christ’s birth.
The exact day is not important…the fact that He came is! Commercial trappings and materialism have made Christmas something different, but in its purest form, Christmas is about Jesus…the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. It’s about the greatest gift in history, our salvation and redemption through the sacrifice of the Lamb. Jesus Christ was born to die, that you and I might live.
If you have stumbled upon this site and have never received salvation bought with the blood of the Lamb, please believe it is no coincidence that you are reading this! Jesus is inviting you to partake of salvation. He was the spotless, sinless Lamb of God who was born in order to die for all the wrong things you have done. It is a free gift…and the greatest you will ever receive.
To know Jesus:
- Admit that you are a sinner, just like every other person on the planet. (For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23)
- Understand that sin causes death, and there is nothing you can do to save yourself. However, salvation is a free gift from God if you will receive it. (For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23)
- Call on the name of the Lord Jesus for salvation. (And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts 2:21)
You call on Him simply by praying. There is no standardized prayer and the exact words are not important, but you might pray something like this:
Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. My feet go places they should not go, my hands do things they should not do. I say and do things I should not say or do. I admit my sin and acknowledge that I cannot save myself. I want to accept Your free gift of salvation. I want You to come into my life and make me different. I want to give my life to You. In the name of Jesus, I ask You to forgive my sin, and to come and live within me forever. Amen
No matter who you are, what you have done, or where you live, if you prayed that prayer with all your heart, here is what the Bible says to you:
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even those who believe in His name.~John 1:12
Welcome to the family! Our Lord God has just given you the greatest gift you will ever receive! Merry Christmas!
PS: Now, please do two things. First, connect with a strong, Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church to help you grow. (If you need help, click here. You will find contact information and, regardless of where you are, someone will help connect you to a church.) Secondly, begin reading God’s Word! You’re on the internet right now, why not start with the book of John. I look forward to meeting you in our eternal home!
Merry Christmas everyone!