From Heaven to the Manger

Posted on December 10, 2015 · Posted in Gospel, Jesus Christ, Praise and Worship

There truly is a spirit to Christmas isn’t there?  When we are filled with the Christmas spirit, we are more joyous, more loving and much more giving than at any other time of the year.  Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and the Spirit of Christ in Christmas gives even unbelievers a taste of God’s goodness, love and joy.  Christmas is Christ, God’s gift of love, wrapped in a baby in a manger.

Before the manger, did you know that Jesus existed?  Did you know that Jesus lived with God the Father in Heaven and that out of His great love for all people He left everything!  The story of Christmas is the greatest love story ever told.  Prepare your heart for the true meaning of Christmas by taking a biblical journey from Heaven to the manger.    

Although Jesus was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a servant and was born as a human being.  Philippians 2:6-7

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:1, 14

Jesus voluntarily became flesh and dwelt among us!  Without ceasing to be God, He became a human being.  Think of this whenever you see a manger displayed.  Think of this in every Christmas song you sing because with this knowledge comes awe and the worship of God.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come

let earth receive her King

Let every heart prepare Him room

Jesus was born a human baby, but He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary.  Jesus is fully God and fully man.

The angel Gabriel told Mary: “Jesus will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give Him the throne of His ancestor David forever; His Kingdom will never end.  Luke 1:30-33

Mary asked the angel how this could be since she was a virgin.

The angel replied: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the baby to be born will be holy and He will be called the Son of God.  Luke 1:35

What child is this, who, laid to rest

On Mary’s lap is sleeping

This, this is Christ the King

Whom Shepherds guard and angels sing

Hate, haste to bring him laud (praise)

The babe, the son of Mary

Jesus is the Son of God so Joseph was not the natural father of baby Jesus. By faith, Joseph was willing to place God’s plan above his own.

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, “because He will save His people from their sins.  Matthew 1:20-21

Our salvation from the penalty and power of sin was the reason Jesus left His heavenly throne.  Sacrificial love on a cross was the destiny for the baby Jesus in the manger.

 God rest ye merry, gentlemen

Let nothing you dismay

Remember Christ our Savior

Was born on Christmas Day

To save us all from Satan’s power

When we were gone astray

O tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

O tidings of comfort and joy

700 years before Christ was born, the prophet Isaiah recorded this:

The Lord Himself will give you a sign:  The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and will call Him Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14

Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah.

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel,” which means, “God with us.  Matthew 1:22-23

Zechariah, a prophet of God, prophesied this more than 500 years before it was fulfilled by Jesus:

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!  Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!  See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gently and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.  Zechariah 9:9

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Jeremiah predicted Jesus, the coming Messiah, the perfect King, the righteous branch who would come from David’s line to reign.  Jesus is the Holy One of Israel who came and has promised to come again.

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.  In His days Judah will be saved and Israel, will live in safety.  This is the name by which He will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness.”  Jeremiah 23:5-6

O come, thou root of Jesse’s tree,

An ensign of Thy people be;

Before Thee rulers silent fall;

All peoples on Thy mercy call.

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

This message of hope was fulfilled in the birth of Christ and the establishment of His eternal kingdom.  The Messiah, our Deliverer, the God of the universe was born as a baby in a manger!

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, Micah accurately prophesied Christ’s birthplace and His preexistence.

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times.”  Micah 5:2

Christ, by highest heaven adored

Christ, the everlasting Lord

Late in time behold Him come

Offspring of the Virgin’s womb

Veiled in flesh the God head see

Hail the incarnate Deity

Pleased as man with man to dwell

Jesus, Our Emmanuel

Jesus came from Heaven to the manger to fulfill the plan of God for our salvation.  Every person born needs deliverance from sin.  Who will neglect so great a salvation?

The Baby Jesus was a King!

O come, let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord

The wise men from the East followed a supernatural star and they were filled with joy when they found the Christ child!  Those who are wise still seek and worship Jesus today.

Magi from the East came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  We saw His star in the east and have come to worship him.”  Matthew 2:1-2

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel

Born is the King of Israel

They entered the house and saw the child with His mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.  Then they opened their treasure chests and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Matthew 2:11

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh

Come, peasant, king, to own Him

The King of kings salvation brings

Let loving hearts enthrone Him

The angels from heaven praised God saying:

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”  Luke 2:14

Hark the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn King

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled

With the angelic host proclaim

Christ is born in Bethlehem

Hark! The herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn King

God’s sacrificial love for us is so amazing that it has been sung and talked about ever since the angel revealed God’s plan of salvation to the shepherds 2,000 years ago.

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12

Jesus Christ was God’s Son and promised Messiah, the anointed one of God, the Savior of the world who was born to die.  Sadly, Jesus was mocked, and He was rejected for His sacrificial love while dying for our sins on the cross.  Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross.  It read:


The sign meant to mock spoke only the truth.

“I am the Lord, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator, your king.”  Isaiah 43:15

Jesus is who He said He was:

“I and the Father are one.”  John 10:30

Who do you say that Jesus is?   Do you worship Him?

“But what about you?”  Jesus asked.  “Who do you say I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus replied, “Blessed are you Simon Son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.  Matthew 16:15-17

Hail, the Sun of Righteousness

Hail, the Heaven born Prince of Peace

Light and life to all He brings

Risen with healing in His wings

Mild He lay His gory by

Born that man no more may die

Believers in Christ will live forever with Him because Jesus was raised from the dead and He is coming again.

Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with Him.  The Lord will be king over the whole earth.  On that day there will be one lord, and His name the only name.  Zechariah 14:5, 9

No matter how good we think we are, we can’t eliminate the sinful nature present in all of us. Jesus did not come to help you save yourself; He came to be your only Savior from the power and penalty of sin.  Have you received Him?

It is because of God that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God, that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.  1 Corinthians 1:30

Then let us all with one accord

Sing praises to our heavenly Lord

That hath made Heaven and earth of naught

And with His blood mankind has bought

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel

Born is the King of Israel

Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign for ever and ever.  Revelation 11:15

Excerpts from The Hallelujah Chorus written by George Friedrich Handel:

King of kings forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah

And lord of lords forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah

And he shall reign forever and ever

King of kings and lord of lords

And he shall reign forever and ever

Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah


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Week 1:   Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7; 11:1-2; 43:15, 25; 52:13-15; 53: 5-6; 61:1-2; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Micah 5:2-4; Zechariah 9:9; 14:1-9; Matthew 1:18-25; 2:1-12; 6:33; 16:13-18

Week 2:    Luke 1:26-38; 46-55; 2:1-20; 4:14-21; John 1:1, 14; 3:13-18; 10:25-30; 18:36-37; 19:19-24; 20:30-31; Romans 1:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31

Week 3:   2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 8:9; Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 3:14-21; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9-10; 1 Timothy 3:16; 6:13-16

Week 4:   Hebrews 1:1-14; 2:14-18; 13:8; 1 John 1:1-4; Revelation 1:1-8, 17-18; 5:9-14; 7:9-12; 11:15; 22:16-17, 20-21