What so many celebrated yesterday is this:
The One Who took a rib from Adam’s side and formed Eve (Genesis 2) became incarnate in order to be pierced in His own side. From that wound flowed the justifying blood and cleansing water (John 19:34, Romans 5:9, 1 John 5:6-8) by which He will present to Himself a spotlessly righteous and pure bride (Ephesians 5:25-27).
The Speaker out of a bush that was on fire and yet unconsumed appointed Moses, Aaron and Joshua to serve as foreshadows. It was He Who came and dwelt among us, speaking words of truth. He, the great I AM, is the substance. He is that solid Rock of ages which cast those shadows. He was born a true Man to lead His people out of a more bitter bondage into a greater promised land, and to serve as a better high priest (see the book of Hebrews).
The Object of worship Who in times past received many offerings according to the Levitical priesthood, offerings which could never take away sins, Himself came into the world so that he could become the once for all sacrifice, taking sins away forever.
Jesse’s youngest son crushed a giant’s head with a slung stone. The One Who is both the Root and the Offspring of King David is also the bright morning Star. His royal birth was signified by a star standing over David’s home town, where the baby King of kings was held in His virgin mother’s arms (Revelation 22:16, Matthew 2:9). Hosanna to the Son of David Who crushed the head of a greater foe, even that ancient serpent. For He is also the Son of God Who appeared to destroy the works of the devil, 1 John 3:8.
The Good Shepherd of the 23rd Psalm and John 10 became the Lamb “standing as if slain” of Revelation 5. That Lamb, once dead but risen and alive forevermore, is also the door of the sheep who hear His voice, and the conquering Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5). Great indeed we confess in the mystery of godliness, 1 Timothy 3:16!
So on that silent night in the little town of Bethlehem, the joy to the world of which the herald angels sang was joy over the enfleshment of the eternal Son of God. This is the core message of God’s book of inexhaustible wisdom. That book, breathed out by Him Who is the eternal Spirit of the Father and of the Son (Galatians 4:6, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20,21) infallibly declares the Gospel which is the power of God unto salvation.
Little children, you who have been baptized according to Jesus’ command in the one Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves from the weak and beggarly idols of today!
They are no more able to save than were the dumb and deaf statues of ancient times, those wretched works of sinful hands and minds, Psalm 115:4-8. Flee the seductive siren song of polytheism, falsely promising that regardless of how we imagine deity in our own conceits…whether we call that invention Jack or Jill or Bess or Bill…we all have the same god.
Rubbish! Accept no substitutes! There is only one way, one truth, and one life. God discloses Himself, for none can search Him out. He tells us Who He is and what He has done. Jesus, Immanuel, is LORD! This is the true God and eternal life.