Christ’s Birth: His Preparation and Protection
Hebrews 13:20. “Now the God of Peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,”
The Everlasting Covenant: Made in eternity past….through to the eternity future…for His people.
God in eternity past, made a covenant with His Son for the Salvation of a people for His glory.
That covenant stated that God the Father, would draw out a people to be saved;….
If God the Son would come to earth,…..be born as a man,…..live a sinless life, and die;……shedding His blood as a sacrifice for the sins of the people.
Paying their penalty for their sin.
The Son agreed; and the very first act of creation was the setting aside of a body for His Son.
Hebrews 10:5 “Wherefore, when He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me.”
(No animal sacrifice could take away sin; but they could point forward to the only effectual sacrifice of Jesus’ body and blood)
God was preparing everything for Christ’s coming as the Son of God/the Son of man, to earth for His Work of salvation.
Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
Under the Roman Empire with it’s government and roads, which was the access to send out the gospel news to the world; God said that it was time, and He sent Jesus Christ His Son, to redeem the world.
But how did he come?
As a baby, born of a virgin. Not as a man, as Adam had been created…..but a babe, helpless…..yet with the preparation, and protection of His Father, God:
Luke 1:26-27 “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, named Nazareth.
To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.”
When there, the angel Gabriel told Mary that she was favored of God. That she would conceive in her womb, a son; which was to be the Son of God. (Luke 1:28-33)
But she was concerned: How could she? She was a virgin, and had not know a man.
So she asked the angel.
Luke 1:35 “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”
The angel Gabriel told her that the Holy Ghost would come upon her and deposit within her womb a child, which shall grow within her and be born: the Son of God.
That is how. Would she agree?
She was engaged to Joseph. What would people think? What would he think?
Would she agree?
Luke 1:38. “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to Thy word. And the angel departed from her.”
And so it happened: God saw to His Purpose, in every way….including Joseph.
Matthew 1:18-20 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together; she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
But while he thought on these things, Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary, thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”
So Joseph agreed. He arose, made her legally his wife; but knew her not intimately until her firstborn son was born: Jesus.
According to scripture, Christ was to be born in Bethlehem……so Israel was commanded by Cesar to go to the birthplace of their ancestral tribe.
God moving a foreign government to do His Will.
So Joseph and Mary, went to Bethlehem, the birthplace of David.
When getting there, the city was so packed with people; that there was no place for them to stay.
The owner of the inn told them they could go into the stable with the animals, only because Mary was going to give birth.
There in the stable, Jesus was born. He was placed in a manger; the feeding trough of the animals, along side the hay, to keep him warm.
God saw that people knew that His Son had been born:
Shepherds, first were told, and that by angels! Heavenly messengers were not sent to the Sanhedrin, or the Pharisees….but to shepherds.
(David had been a shepherd, and Christ is the good Shepherd, the Great Shepherd, and the Chief Shepherd)
Luke 2:8-12 “…there were in the same country shepherds…And, lo, the angel of the Lord came…and the glory of the Lord shone round about them;
And they were sore afraid.
And the angel of the Lord said….Fear not: for behold I bring you glad tidings of great joy,…….for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
Wise men were sent to find this new King. They had seen His star, and followed it to Judah. They went to Jerusalem, the capital; thinking He would be found there.
But Jerusalem was not looking for the Messiah…..Herod was king…..and wanted to stay that way.
He had the scribes find out where the Christ should be born (Matthew 2:4-6)….and he informed the wise me.
Herod told them to find the king, and then come and tell him, so he could worship too….but he only wanted to kill the child, which had a legitimate claim to the throne.
It was only after leaving Jerusalem, and the court of Herod, that the wise men saw the star again. It led them to where Jesus was.
Matthew 2:10-12 “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.”
These heathen wise men…..spoken to of God in a dream, to protect Jesus.
With this wealth, Jesus, Joseph, and Mary was provided for in Egypt.
God told Joseph to get up and go to Egypt for the safety of Jesus. For Herod would seek to kill him. (Matthew 2:13-15)
Jesus would come back into Israel, a few years later, only after Herod died.
Jesus Christ was born to be the Lord and Savior of all who would come and receive Him.
HIs birth was prepared for, and seen to in every way.
Why wasn’t He born in a hotel room? Or with every luxury?
Because He came to save every person; not just the rich, or powerful, or poor, or trodden down.
He came to save to the uttermost…..all who will come to Him.
His Salvation is personal, and complete.
He asks you simply to, “Come”, and then “Follow”; For He, Himself leads us through our lives with peace with God, and guidance.
He never leaves us, nor forsakes us.
He has prepared for you, for me.
Will we agree and make room for Christ Jesus the Lord?