REDDING COLUMN: A reminder about Christmas
By Carl Redding
Christmas is the day of celebrating the supernatural birth of Jesus Christ our Lord, the Son of God.
Jesus’ birth was supernatural because of the Prophetic accuracy of the Bible. Jesus was born of a virgin. This was the fulfillment of the words of the prophet Isaiah spoken seven hundred years before the birth of Christ. “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) Matthew quoted this verse in Matt. 1:23 and added “which being interpreted is, God with us.” Jesus is the incarnation of God. How supernatural is that? Matthew 1:22 declares: “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet.”
Jesus’ birth was supernatural because of His mother’s divine conception; not of her Immaculate Conception. Matthew 1:18 says, “She was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 1:20 says, “That which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” Jesus was born of a virgin. Mary knew no man before giving birth to Jesus.
Jesus’ birth was supernatural because of the plan and purpose for which He came. Matthew 1:21 says, “and she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.” Jesus’ name means salvation. He says in Luke 19:10, “The Son of Man is come to seek and save that which was lost,” God’s plan of salvation, the gospel of Jesus Christ, is for His Son to be born of a virgin, to live a sinless life, to die on the cross for the sins of the world, be buried, and be resurrected from the tomb and that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
The same supernatural power that caused Mary to conceive, and raised Jesus from the dead is the same power that restores life to man’s dead souls; i.e., the power of the Holy Spirit. “But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you” (Rom. 8:11).
God offers us the supernatural gift of salvation. Will you receive Him? It is the only way. ”Ye must be born again.” John 3:7
Choice or Consequence; God gives man the Choice. We don’t get to choose the Consequence that will result in the rejection of Christ as Savior.
This Christmas receive the greatest gift of all; God’s Son.