“Who’s The Babe?”

Posted: December 10, 2013 in Bible Prophecy, Bible Study, Christmas, Death, Resurrection, Salvation, Security, Spiritual Gifts

Babies.  Most of them are quite cute and lovable.  But few are born in a barn. This One was because there were no vacancies in the local “motels.”  Having traveled a long distance (about 90 miles) on the back of a donkey wasn’t easy for a very pregnant woman.  She didn’t have a Doctor or midwife to help her as she brought forth this Child.  Her husband was probably quite nervous as to what he should do.

Shepherds.  But as soon as this Child was born, an announcement was made by some angels to a group of shepherds who were raising their sheep in the fields nearby.  These were probably the sacrificial lambs that the Jews offered up to God in the Temple (John 1:29). The shepherds were told that a Savior had been born in Bethlehem and that they would find Him wrapped in swaddling cloths lying in a manger (Luke 2:7).  Without hesitation, they rushed to see this amazing and wonderful sight.

Identity.  But who was this Babe lying in the manger?  What was so unusual about Him?  Why did His parents travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem when she was pregnant and almost ready to deliver her child (Micah 5:2)?  What pawn did God use to move them with such haste (Luke 2:1)?  What difference has His life made it the lives of others since then? How can His life influence our lives today?

Heretics. Many of the cults and other religions have erroneous views of this Babe, the Lord Jesus Christ. To find out who He really is, we must rely only on the 66 books of the Scriptures found in the Old and New Testaments. They alone are God breathed (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). All other sources, including the apocryphal books, or those written by cult leaders, are unreliable and do not have the authority of God’s Word, the Bible.  It is alive and powerful (Hebrews 4:12) and the truth (John 17:17).

Study. We must study the Bible carefully (2 Timothy 2:15; Acts 17:11) to find out about His deity, humanity, birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, session, and the roles He had while He was here on earth and that He currently has in heaven.  Do you know what He will do in the future?

Deity. The Scriptures tell us that this Baby, the Lord Jesus Christ, shared and still shares an absolute equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (Colossians 2:9). He was not and is not inferior to them, nor is He the brother of Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12), or Michael the archangel (Jude 1:9). He is the eternal “I AM” (Exodus 3:14; John 1:1; 5:18; 8:58; 10:30).  He is Jehovah God, the creator and sustainer of all things (Colossians 1:16, 17).

Humanity. Without relinquishing any of His deity (although He veiled it while He was here on earth), He added to Himself a true human body and a human nature (Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 2:40). However He didn’t have a sinful nature like all the rest of humanity does (1 John 1:8; Psalm 51:5). Jesus didn’t have a human father. Joseph was His step father and came from the line of King David through Solomon (Matthew 1:6) but there was a curse on his line (Jeremiah 22:24-30). Christ’s right to rule came from Joseph but he couldn’t be the biological father of Jesus lest a curse be passed on to Him.  His mother Mary also came from King David through one of his other sons, Nathan (Luke 3:31).

Birth. As was predicted by the prophet Isaiah (7:14), Jesus was born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1:23). The religious Pharisees accused Him of being born of fornication (John 8:41). Some religious leaders are still doing this today.  Ask your Pastor what he believes.  Miracles (the circumvention of the normal laws of nature) are no problem for God who made the laws. He’s all powerful (Revelation 1:8).  God the Father provided the seed that God the Holy Spirit took and implanted in the womb of Mary. For nine months, God the Father overshadowed Mary to insure that her sinful nature would not be passed on to Jesus (Luke 1:35). Mary acknowledged herself to be a sinner in need of a Savior (Luke 1:47). She is the mother of Jesus’ humanity, not the mother of God or the fourth person in the Godhead.

Life. Unlike any other human being, Jesus lived His entire life without sinning (Hebrews 4:15). Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4). Being sinless, He was qualified to become our substitute and die in our place for our sins as the just One for the unjust ones (1 Peter 3:18).

Death. It involves separation, not annihilation. Jesus died two kinds of deaths for us. While on the cross (from noon until 3 P.M.) Jesus was separated from fellowship with God the Father as He bore our sins and paid the debt we owed to God (Matthew 27:46; Romans 6:23). At 3 P.M. He gave up His spirit and died physically (Luke 23:46). His soul and spirit were separated from His body. His body was placed in a tomb for three days which was the maximum time allowable before the body would have begun to decay or rot (Psalm 16:10).

Sheol. He descended into the upper portion of Sheol in the heart of the earth where Abraham and other Old Testament believers were at that time (Luke 16:22). Do you know where these believers are today (Ephesians 4:8; 2 Corinthians 12:4)? He did not descend into the lower Sheol where unbelievers were/are suffering (Luke 16:23-31). Satan himself is not there at this time. Do you know where he spends most of his time these days (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-8)? Do you know what he’s doing (1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:10)?

Resurrection. As He Himself predicted (Matthew 12:40; 16:21; John 10:15-18), Jesus rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). His resurrected, glorified body was different in that it had flesh and bones but no blood (Luke 24:39-43).  Flesh with blood in it cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50).  His bodily resurrection guarantees the resurrection of everyone who has ever lived, both believers and non-believers. Even babies who are aborted in the womb will be resurrected someday. No one is annihilated or reincarnated (Hebrews 9:27).  Do you know in which resurrection you will participate (1 Corinthians 15:22-24; Revelation 20:11-15)?

Appearances. After His resurrection, Jesus made at least ten appearances to over 500 witnesses under various circumstances for 40 days (1 Corinthians 15:5-8; Acts 1:3). He even made a special appearance to His half brother James who didn’t believe on Him until the time of His resurrection (John 7:4; 1 Corinthians 15:7).

Ascension. His ascension back to heaven from the Mount of Olives was witnessed by His disciples. The angels announced that just as they had seen Him ascend to heaven, so He would return bodily to earth once again (Acts 1:10-11). Those who deny that Jesus will return to this earth with a resurrected, glorified body are called Antichrists (2 John 1:7).

Session. Have you ever wondered what Jesus is currently doing in heaven? Among other things, He is interceding for those who belong to Him (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25). He asks God the Father to cause to be brought into our lives the people and circumstances that will contribute to our spiritual maturity (James 1:2-4, 13-15; 1 Peter 1:7; 2 Peter 3:18). When we fail to give thanks in the midst of our adverse circumstances we grieve God (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 4:30). Jesus is also acting as the Head of the Church which is His Body (Ephesians 1:22).  He wants believers who are the members of His Body to use their spiritual gifts with love (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:7-16; 1 Peter 4:10).  He (not His mother, the saints, or angels) is the only Mediator between God the Father and mankind (1 Timothy 2:5). He serves in the heavenly Temple as a sympathetic High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16).  True Christians are kingly priests (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:6) who are responsible to offer up spiritual (non-bloody) sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1, 2; Hebrews 13:15, 16). Discover for yourself what they involve.

King. When He came the first time to earth, He came as the rightful King of Israel (Matthew 1:1-2:12; 27:11, 37). Because He didn’t meet the expectations of the Jewish leaders, they rejected Him (John 1:11; Luke 19:14). The common people wanted to make Him their King on their terms which He rejected (John 6:15). Shortly before He made His way to the cross to die, He changed His mission from that of being the Christ (Messiah), and offered Himself as the Savior of the whole world (John 3:16), not just of the Jews. Peter resisted this move by Jesus and was rebuked for it (Matthew 16:20-23). When Christ returns after the 7 years of Tribulation (Revelation 6-19; Jeremiah 30:7), He will return as the King of kings, and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). King David will be resurrected 75 days after the Tribulation (Daniel 12:12; Jeremiah 30:9) and he will be the head regent on earth with other Gentile (non-Jewish) kings under him. New Testament Christians will reign with Christ from the heavenly Jerusalem (2 Timothy 3:12) that will come down out of the third heaven as He returns to earth at His second coming, not at the time of the Rapture that comes 7 years earlier (Matthew 24:29, 30; Revelation 21:9-27).

Judge. God the Father appointed His Son, Jesus Christ to be “The Judge” (John 5:22). His judgment will take place at various times in the future: at the Rapture of the Church (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10), at the end of the Tribulation (Matthew 25:31-46), and at the end of His millennial reign (Revelation 20:11-15).  These judgments will determine the degree of pleasure the believer will have in God’s presence or the suffering the unbeliever will have for all eternity in the lake of fire.

Deliverance. Our salvation from hell to heaven is based on our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. We are saved by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone. We are not saved by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Assurance. Yes, you can know that you have eternal life right now as a present possession (1 John 5:13). Once you have it you can’t lose it and no one can take you out of God’s hands (John 10:28, 29).  We are also sealed by God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).

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