Who Is Jesus Christ?
Christmas is the season when we celebrate the birth of a child in an obscure Judean village some 2,000 years ago. Why do we make all this fuss? What was it that made that child and that birth so special?
The writer of Hebrews began his epistle by saying, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high...” (Heb. 1:1-3, ESV) In this brief description we are given five important facts about Jesus Christ, facts which justify our continued celebration of His birth and life.
First, Jesus Christ is divine. “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature...” (Heb. 1:3a) Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity. At His incarnation the Son of God became a human being without the loss of His divinity. Most heresies over the centuries have sprung from either the denial of Christ’s full divinity or His full humanity. Christ being both human and divine is able to bridge the chasm between a Holy God and sinful humanity.
As God Jesus Christ is also the Creator. Creation was accomplished by the Father through the Son. As the writer of Hebrews puts it, “...through whom also he created the world.” (Heb. 1:2c) Christ is also the upholder of the universe. We are told, “and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” (Heb. 1:3b) Out of love God the Father, through Jesus the Son, created the world and the human race. We were originally created in His image and likeness that we might enjoy life and have eternal fellowship with our God.
The third fact about the birth of Jesus Christ has to do with divine revelation. Over the centuries God spoke to humanity in various ways. God spoke to Moses at the burning bush. He spoke to the prophet Elijah in a still small voice. God also spoke through angels, dreams, visions, natural events, and many other ways. However, none of these revelations were complete, “but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son...” (Heb 1:2a) Jesus Christ, the babe born in a manger, is God’s ultimate revelation of Himself and His truth.
One of the major facts that Christ revealed about God is His mercy and love. Out of love the Father sent His Son to be our Savior. Jesus Christ made “purification for sins...” (Heb. 3c) The Old Testament sacrificial system and priesthood pointed to the perfect sacrifice and the permanent priesthood of Christ. Of His sacrifice we are told, “Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all, at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” (Heb. 9:25,26) Jesus as our Great High Priest made the perfect sacrifice for our sins that God might justly offer salvation to all who will trust in Jesus Christ.
The final justification for the celebration of Christ’s birth is found in the fact that He is the heir. Speaking of Jesus the Scripture says, “whom he appointed the heir of all things...” (Heb. 1:26) Jesus as the Father’s Son is the inheritor of everything. We might ask, “What is that to me?” St. Paul tells us, “And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, `Abba! Father!` So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son then an heir through God.” (Gal. 4:6,7) Those who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ will share in His inheritance, an inheritance of eternal life and eternal joy with God.
So why do we celebrate the birth of Jesus? We celebrate Christmas because of who He is and always will be.
By Rev. F. M. Levi
Saturday evening, Oct 14, 2006, the ladies of the Woman’s Guild held their Spaghetti Dinner. This annual event is to raise money for missions and other worthy causes. We thank the ladies and all who helped or attended.
Homecoming Sunday this year was Oct. 29, 2006. The services were followed by a potluck luncheon in the Parish Hall.
Missionary of The Month
Judy King, Bible Translation/Discipling. Amazonas, Brazil.
Bake Sale Sunday, December 10, 2006. During the coffee hour in the Parish Hall.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Sunday, December 24, 11:00 p.m. Refreshments at 10:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
Dec. 7 – Sunny Stiklius
Dec. 10 – Renee Hassert
Dec. 11 – Loretta Sellers
Dec. 16 – Barney Reagan
Dec. 17 – William O’Brien
Dec. 18 – Thomas Bowman
Dec. 20 – Leah Andricopolus
The First Christmas
Alpha L. Buntain
Over sleeping Bethlehem
and Judea’s plains afar,
Shone a wondrous radiance
from a shining star;
Angels bore a message,
down from Heaven’s height,
To the humble shepherds
watching o’er their flocks that night.
“Glory to God in the highest,”
thus the angels sang;
All earth seemed to listen
while the heavenly chorus rang.
“Peace on earth, good will to men,”
God’s message from above;
And in a lowly manger
lay the token of His love.
The shepherds came in wondering haste
to that humble manger bed;
They found the infant Jesus,
just as the angel said.
Their hearts were filled with
praise to God, faces glad and bright,
As they told of all the marvels
they had seen and heard that night.
And so, this Christmas season,
may our hearts with gladness glow,
As we read the blessed story
that took place so long ago.
May we tell to those around us,
tell it over once again,
How our Saviour brought unto us
“Peace on earth, good will to men.”