As Christmas approached I asked the Lord Jesus what He’d like best for His birthday. I kept getting the same answer: “For you to be happy.” That couldn’t really be His answer, could it? I considered it and decided it DID make sense, since it was God’s original plan for us. He planned for a happy family, a family that would tend to the earth and work alongside Him, enjoying and expanding the Garden of Eden. So what happened?
Adam and Eve… turned away from God and each generation got more corrupt and evil. Things got so horrible that “it repented the Lord that he made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart” (Genesis 6:6). People’s minds and hearts were so mean that “every imagination was only evil continually” (Gen 6:5). WOW! Can you even imagine what it would be like for a person to have ALL evil thoughts ALL the time?! When the flood overtook the earth and wiped out the evil people, only Noah and his family survived. But there was still sin in the blood because it went all the way back to Adam.
But new blood was on the way. With the explosive event of Jesus’ birth, there was just one baby boy with uncontaminated, non-rebellious blood. That was a HUGE event and no wonder a multitude of angels showed up and rejoiced!
Jesus got His blood from His Father God. He didn’t get his blood from his mother. If He had, it would have been contaminated just like everyone else’s, but in the womb, the mother’s blood doesn’t even mix with the baby’s. So Jesus’ blood was not prone to disobedience and rebellion. The same relationship God originally intended for mankind was now going to be available through believing in Jesus Christ.
Finally, God could have peace. Isaiah prophesied of the coming Messiah: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Prince of Peace.”
When a person accepts Jesus as Lord, he or she receives new life. Leviticus says that the life is in the blood. And we receive the blood of Jesus. The old sin is wiped out, forgiven and forgotten. Holy Spirit comes to live on the inside and that changes every single cell of our bodies. Our part is to believe it and receive it.
Christmas is all about God’s gift to mankind. He gave us peace through His son Jesus Christ. And in doing that, God Himself has peace in knowing that some will accept His gift and share it with others.
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