BIRTH OF JESUS/YESHUA, 13.12.19
Whether or not you believe Jesus/Yeshua was born in December, or whatever you believe about when He was born, let us put that aside for the time being.
What is more important is that:
(1) those who believe He was born, lived on earth as fully man/fully God, and that He died for humankind that they might be redeemed through His death and Resurrection, should reverence each of these most significant events, regardless of what date is chosen. And since Scripture does not provide us with a date/time, let us not condemn those who choose a time that differs from ours. (By the way, for those who are self-righteously opposed to CHRISTMAS, do you have an alternate time at which you honour the Saviour’s birth?).
(2) We have a sound understanding of what the complete prophetic fulfillment means. Personally, I find this aspect, far more intriguing than the needless issue of dates, times, peoples’ arguments over who is right/wrong, etc.
While it is true that the origins of “CHRISTMAS” are somewhat less than holy, let us also show loving kindness and compassion for those who adhere to traditions passed on for generations, whether it is for lack of knowledge, failure to question, or indifference. True followers of Jesus/Yeshua will leave such non-essential matters to the Lord God Himself, for it is not up to any of us to judge out of critical, religiously self-righteous, pharisaical attitudes. Operate out of God’s love and grace towards our brothers and sisters in Christ/Messiah, and honour those who, from the heart, are celebrating Messiah’s birth.
Of greater interest are the prophecies about the Messiah’s birth, and how they have been misunderstood, are understood, as well as how they were viewed at the time of their partial fulfillment.
With that in mind, let us just do a little STUDY based on those Scriptures commonly quoted and referred to during this season. (And I do hope you will partake of and enjoy the beautiful story of the Saviour’s birth, for it is never stale, but ever-refreshing, regardless of the exact time of its occurrence or how people choose to celebrate the event) in the following set of passages:
Luke 2 (NKJV)
Christ Born of Mary
1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.
3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Glory in the Highest
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”
16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.
18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
6 And in this mountain
The Lord of hosts will make for all people
A feast of choice pieces,
A feast of wines on the lees,
Of fat things full of marrow,
Of well-refined wines on the lees.
7 And He will destroy on this mountain
The surface of the covering cast over all people,
And the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death forever,
And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces;
The rebuke of His people
He will take away from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken.
9 And it will be said in that day:
“Behold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”
10 For on this mountain the hand of the Lord will rest,
And Moab shall be trampled down under Him,
As straw is trampled down for the refuse heap.
11 And He will spread out His hands in their midst
As a swimmer reaches out to swim,
And He will bring down their pride
Together with the trickery of their hands.
12 The fortress of the high fort of your walls
He will bring down, lay low,
And bring to the ground, down to the dust.
The Glorious New Creation
17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or [f]come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create;
For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing,
And her people a joy.
19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
And joy in My people;
The voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her,
Nor the voice of crying.
20 “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days,
Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days;
For the child shall die one hundred years old,
But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 They shall build houses and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 They shall not build and another inhabit;
They shall not plant and another eat;
For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people,
And My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labor in vain,
Nor bring forth children for trouble;
For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord,
And their offspring with them.
24 “It shall come to pass
That before they call, I will answer;
And while they are still speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
The lion shall eat straw like the ox,
And dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,”
Says the Lord.
We are going to go now to MENTORING CORNER’S STUDY GUIDE to probe deeper into these passages. But just before we do, keep in mind that:
- PROPHECY commonly engulfs layers of time – i.e., there is an initial, but partial fulfillment, after which there may be one or more time periods of a second, and/or ultimate fulfillment.
- We are directing our focus in this STUDY, not so much on the babe in the manger, but on the bigger picture and connecting the dots from the prophecies fulfilled and to those yet to be fulfilled.
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