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A Child is Born

December 6, 2010

I want to take a few weeks and look at the marvelous birth of Christ from the prophecy of Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6, there it says “For unto us a child is born.”  This means that on that marvelous day 2000 years ago, a baby was born.  A son was birthed.  That child was the first born son of Mary, the virgin daughter of Heli in the tribe of Judah.  This birth is not a myth, it is not fancy, it is not the dream of some Jewish idealists or the delusion of religious nuts.  This is Biblical, historical, scientific, archeological, truth.  This is unarguable fact.  What are the features of this awesome fact?  Christ was a man.  He was not a spirit masquerading as a human for a while.  He was not just God, He was a man, born in the same fashion as every other man.  He was a man, walking, talking and functioning as any other man.  Christ was not deposited on the earth at the age of 30 so that He could die three years later.  He was not transported directly from heaven and placed into the cradle through mystical processes.  He was born as every child that has ever lived has been born.  He lived as all humans live.  He ate, slept and felt pain.  He was completely human.

The child was born to fulfill the prophesies of God.  In fact over 300 prophecies are given in the Old Testament concerning Christ’s life and He fulfilled each one of them.  These prophecies covered many features of His birth.  It was prophesied where He would be born, Bethlehem.  It was prophesied that a king would try to kill Him, and Herod attempted it.  It was prophesied He would be the son of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David.  He was.  It was prophesied He would be born of a virgin, Mary conceived without ever having known a man.  It was prophesied He would be born of the tribe of Judah.  Mary and Joseph were of the lineage of Judah.  Over and over again the Old Testament prophesied of the birth of Christ, and each time it occurred.

The child was born in the fulness of time.  Galatians 4:4 tells us, “In the fulness of time, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law.”  Christ’s birth did not occur when it did by chance.  I always chuckle when I see the dates for Christ’s birth.  According to the calendars, Christ was born 4-7 years B.C.  That means Christ was born about five years before before the birth of Christ.  Even though we don’t know exactly when Christ was born, God knew the exact minute of Christ’s birth before the world was even created.  The time of Christ’s birth was time unique to history.  It was time when Rome dominated the world with its armies, but it was a time when Greece led the world with its learning.  The world was Roman, but it spoke Greek.  In the midst of this awesome time of Roman conquest, a little land full of troublesome people was conquered as an afterthought by one of Rome’s great generals.  Because of this conquest, Judea was put under the heel of the Roman boot.  Later, a man named Augustus Caesar decided that all the Roman world had to be taxed and for this taxing every man had to return to the town he was born in, consequently a man from Nazareth traveled to Bethlehem with his espoused wife, arriving on the day that she gave birth to her first born child.   Christ came when the time was perfect.  Christ came at the perfect time to die for the sins of man.

“For unto us a child is born!”

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