Biblical prophecies of the birth of a Savior find their first mention in the Garden of Eden.  Mankind, having sinned against God, was promised a Redeemer, One who would defeat the Deceiver, that old Serpent who introduced sin into the world and thus all men acquired a sin nature.  “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel” (Gen 3:15).  Centuries would pass with no apparent fulfillment of that promise until the prophet Isaiah appeared on the scene.  God was ready to reveal some of the details of His Plan for redemption.  In the middle of the prophet’s discourse that God would deliver King Ahaz from the hands of his enemies, God spoke to Ahaz … “Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven" (Is 7: 11).  What a limitless grace offer from God, but the king did not ask.  But God who is rich in mercy would give the phenomenal sign that could only be accomplished by divine action.   "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel” (Is 7:14).  This would be God’s doing; man could not replicate this virgin pregnancy and birth.  God would enter human history, becoming true humanity and yet retaining His deity -- the unique God-Man. Isaiah would amplify that truth … “For a child will be born to us [humanity], a son will be given [deity] to us” (Is 9:6a).  Most of us know the remainder of that prophecy …  “and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.  There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this” (Is 9:6b-7).  God will bring Christ’s kingdom to pass, but for now, with Israel having rejected her Messiah, that must wait until the second coming of Christ.  The nation’s negative response to the birth of Messiah did not occur from ignorance as to His Person and Work. Another prophet, Micah, identified the exact village in which the Savior/King would be born.  "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity" (Mic 5:2).  What God had promised thousands of years earlier to Adam and Eve, became a historical reality within God’s time frame.  “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Gal 4:4-5).  So at this season of the year, as in all times, the same truth and invitation are offered by God to the human race --  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten [uniquely born] Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  One’s past, station in life or present status is of no consequence.  God takes us where we are.  His invitation to believe in Christ has no limitations.

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