A Baby Born To Die

The world celebrates Christmas and never is there such a time where people are willing to talk about Christ and celebrate His birth.  You go into public places and hear gospel rich truths, for example “Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail the incarnate Deity, Pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel”; “joy to the world, the Lord is come.  Let earth receive her king”; “Good Christians, fear, for sinners here the silent Word is pleading. Nails, spears shall pierce him through, the cross he bore for me, for you. Hail, hail the Word made flesh, the Babe, the Son of Mary”; and “Oh Come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”

Surely no other time of year would you publicly hear such words in these places.  Does the world know what they are hearing and singing? But as much as people think about the baby in the manger on Christmas, it is much more than that to us who are in Christ.  It’s easy for the world to embrace a helpless baby in a manger on Christmas, but they ignore the fact that Jesus is Lord and the manger is tied to the cross.

Who is the baby in the manger?

Why did He come?

What did He accomplish?

How should we respond?

Who is the baby in the manger?

The gospel of John tells us, John 1 “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God”, “Through Him all things were made”, “In Him was life and that life was the light of men”, and verse 14, “The Word became flesh”.

As J.I. Packer says “The Christmas message rests on the staggering fact that the child in the manger was – God.”

Why did He come?

Since the fall of Adam when sin entered the world, man has been separated from God.  In order for us to be reconciled to God, something had to be done to redeem us.

Jesus did not come merely to live; to teach us how to live, to fulfill the law, or to heal the sick.  Ultimately, Jesus was born so that He may die. He came into the world to be the sacrifice for us. Someone had to die and only the Son of God could make satisfaction for our sins.

What makes His birth difficult to grasp is that this baby came to die, He came knowing man would reject Him and kill Him…and He did it all willingly.

Matthew 1:22 - “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Hebrews 2:17 - “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people”

Hebrews 2:9-10 - “But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.”

Hebrews 10:4-7 – “For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says,

“Sacrifice and offering You have not desired, But a body You have prepared for Me; 6 In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have taken no pleasure. 7 “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come To do Your will, O God.’”

“It’s appropriate to commemorate the birth of Christ. But don’t make the mistake of leaving Him as a baby in a manger. Keep in mind that His birth was just the first step in God’s glorious plan of redemption. Remember that it’s the triumph of Christ’s sacrificial death that gives meaning to His humble birth. You can’t truly celebrate one without the other.” John MacArthur

What did He accomplish?

We just mentioned it but in no way is this exhaustive.  Christ not only died but He rose again and demonstrated that He accomplished what He set out to do: to purchase eternal life for those that would believe in Him.  This is evidence for the Christian that the Father was satisfied with the perfect and holy sacrifice and that Jesus was not merely a man.

How should we respond?

Matthew 2:1-2 “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2 ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.’ “

Why did the magi come to see the Christ? To worship.  This should also be our response to the King of Kings.

These truths should fill our heart and mind to be overwhelmed with thanksgiving and wonder, not just around Christmas, but year round.

Jeremiah Johnson says this, “We need to foster the magi’s attitude and perspective, and not be distracted by the familiar imagery of Christmas.  We must not be shortsighted when considering Christ’s humility as a baby in a manger. That baby did not stay a baby—as the wise men rightly appraised; He was and is our King. This Christmas take every opportunity to adore, worship, and celebrate Him accordingly.”