A Christmas Reflection

Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ left his eternal abode in heaven and became a man, being born of the Virgin Mary when the Holy Spirit overshadowed her.  We all know the Christmas story.  We know that Christ came as Savior and King, but have you ever thought about the purpose behind His coming?   You see, God the Father had a reason for sending His Son into the world.  We read John 3:16 and we see that “God so loved the world…” and that’s a good thing.  But what did the Father really accomplish by sending His Son?

First, He fulfilled the goal of earth’s history – that fallen man, separated from God on a planet that had fallen under a horrible curse, would be restored to relationship with God and the earth would be remade – restored to its Edenic state, which man will administer as God’s representative ruler.  All this summed up in the perfect Man, Christ Jesus, the Messiah, ruling over the earth as King of the redeemed nation of Israel;

and second, God regained full dominion over the heavenly realm and placed an elect group of formerly fallen, now redeemed men as rulers over that realm, with the heavenly man, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the glorified Head, and His church placed in Him and seated with Him as His body – administering the heavenly places.

In fulfilling His divine purpose, God cast down a usurper named Lucifer who had stolen control of these two realms when he made himself Prince of the Power of the Air and the God of this world.  He then created a hopeless, helpless, useless, faithless, creature called man to rule in Lucifer’s place.  When that first man, Adam, failed the assignment, God knew that He could only trust Himself to carry out His eternal purpose, so He became a man, not dead in sin as Adam had become, but born alive by the Holy Spirit, and filled with the power to do everything His purpose required.  And as we watch history unfold, we will see the final outcome – Christ the King reigning over the earth in the millennial Kingdom, and Christ the Lord reigning over the heavenlies forever.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John 1:14


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