An angel of the Lord joyously announces the birth of Jesus Christ to shepherds guarding their sheep at night. Like the shepherds, stop whatever you are doing and listen because God has some very good news for you! You don’t need to carry all your burdens, you don’t have to be afraid, you can be forgiven of your sins and washed clean, you can become a child of God and experience His love, peace and joy because a Savior has been born.
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
God’s good news is received by the humble with great joy when it is believed and understood. In Greek, Messiah is the word, Christos, or in English, Christ. Yahweh is the Hebrew name of God, spelled, “Lord.” God the Father wanted the shepherds and everyone through the generations to know that Jesus Christ is Lord, God in the flesh, the promised Messiah! The shepherds believed the message and hurried to find the Christ child.
Many only see Jesus as a baby in a manger once a year. They do not understand that Jesus existed with God the Father in heaven before He was ever born! Jesus was no ordinary baby!
Jesus Christ, who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness. Philippians 2:6-7
God the Son has always existed, yet He willingly exchanged His glory and the splendor of heaven for a life on earth. Without ceasing to be God, Jesus became flesh in the form of a human baby and dwelt among us. Jesus is fully God and fully man because He was conceived by the power of God in the womb of Mary.
Why would Jesus do this?
Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might break the power of him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. Hebrews 2:14-15
Your salvation from the penalty and power of sin was the reason Jesus left His heavenly throne. Sacrificial love on a cruel cross for the sins of all mankind was the destiny for baby Jesus in the manger.
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 1 John 3:8
Jesus is the Promised Messiah
As soon as Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God promised that He would send a man who would utterly defeat Satan. God declared His judgement upon sin as He addressed Satan:
“And I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush you on the head, and you will strike him on the heel.” Genesis 3:15
God’s prophetic word said that His servant would come from the seed of a woman. The Jews called this promised Deliverer, the Messiah, which means “anointed one.” Every Jewish woman who gave birth to a baby boy wondered if he was the “chosen one” of God.
God confirmed that Jesus was indeed the promised Messiah.
Jesus asked Peter, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, 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 16:16-17
Who do you say that Jesus is?
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
Does your view of Jesus conform to what the Bible teaches? Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. After His death, burial and resurrection, Jesus explained to His disciples that Old Testament prophecies pointed to Himself.
“Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:44-47
All who believe in Jesus Christ as their only Savior from sin are promised forgiveness and eternal life.
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name. John 20:31
The Miraculous Birth of Jesus Christ
God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. Luke 1:26-27
The angel Gabriel stands in the very presence of God so this was a very special visit. Notice that God knew Mary and all the details of her life. God knows every detail of your life too. God had a plan for Mary and He has a plan for you. God knows the purpose and the destiny of every person born.
The angel went to Mary and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:28
The Bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please God so we can understand that Mary found favor with God because she believed God and obeyed Him. Mary was assured by the angel that God was with her. God’s promise to believers is equally reassuring, especially when His plans for us include sacrifice and suffering.
God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
When we know that God is with us, we have nothing to fear.
The angel said to her; Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. Luke 1:30-31
God gave Mary the enormous responsibility of giving birth to His Son, the Jewish Messiah and Savior of the world. When God is pleased with you, He will also give you more responsibility. Do not fear for God is with you; find your strength in Him and not in yourself.
The angel from God revealed who Jesus would be.
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob ‘s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:32-33
Jesus is the one the whole world is looking for but only a few will find him through faith.
The angel told Mary: “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:35, 37
Isaiah prophesied 700 years before the birth of Christ.
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
God’s Word is very clear: Jesus Christ is God in the flesh.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15
Obedience Comes from Faith
Mary was chosen by God to deliver the Son who would deliver her and all humanity from sin!
Mary’s response of faith: “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.” Luke 1:38
What would you have said? Mary proved her faith by her humble obedience. She did not understand everything God was asking her to do but she trusted God. Mary believed God’s Word and acted on it. Are you the Lord’s servant? What is God asking you to do?
Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, was filled with the Holy Spirit and confirmed Mary’s faith in God.
Elizabeth said: “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her.” Luke 1:45
Jesus was sinless, yet He willingly gave His life to take the punishment you and I deserve for our sins.
Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross! Philippians 2:8
To follow Jesus is to deny yourself and by faith live to do the will of your Father in heaven.
Although He was s son, Jesus learned obedience from what He suffered and once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him. Hebrews 5:8-9
Jesus Christ is Lord to those who believe and follow Him.
The Mission of Jesus Christ on Earth
John the Baptist said: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
The mission of Jesus was stated at His birth.
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 1:21
Jesus was willing to be sent by God the Father into the world to save the lost, both Jew and Gentile. Jesus lived on earth for only 33 years but He could say that He accomplished the will of the Father. Before His death, Jesus prayed:
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” John 17:3-5
Jesus proved His divinity on earth by healing the sick, forgiving sin, performing many miracles, driving out demons and proclaiming God’s message of repentance and forgiveness through saving faith. Jesus asked Martha a question that will be asked in every generation until Jesus Christ returns.
Jesus said to Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in Me will never die. Do you believe this? John 11:25-26
God was pleased with His Son’s sacrifice for sin and raised Jesus from the dead.
God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2: 9-11
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Personal Bible study for “Jesus Christ is Lord!”
Week 1: Genesis 3:15; Psalm 22:1-18, 27-31; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7; 11:1-2, 10; 42:1-9; 43:3, 15; 52:13-15; 53:1-12; 61:1-2; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Daniel 7:13-14; Micah 5:2; Zechariah 9:9; 14:3-4, 6-9
Week 2: Matthew 1:18-25; 2:1-12; 3:16-17; 4:23-25; 9:1-8; 12:13-21; 16:13-28; 26:62-64; 28:16-20; Mark 9:2-7; Luke 1:26-56; 2:1-40; 4:14-21, 31-37; 6:46-49; 23:1-3, 32-43; 24:13-53; John 1:1-3, 14, 29-34, 40-41, 45, 49-51; 3:13-18; 4:25-26; 10:22-33; 11:25-26; 14:6-11; 17:1-26; 20:30-31
Week 3: Acts 2:22-41; Romans 1:1-5; 3:21-24; 5:1-11; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 12:3; Galatians 3:26-29; 4:4-7; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-20; 2:9-10
Week 4: 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 4:16-18; 1 Timothy 3:16; 6:11-16; Hebrews 1:1-14; 2:14-18; 5:8-10; 11:6; 1 Peter 1:17-21; 1 John 3:7-10; 4:13-16; 5:1, 18–20; Revelation 1:1, 4-8, 12-18; 4: 1-11; 5:9-14; 11:15; 22:16-17; 20-21
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