What kind of father would give away his only son, especially when he was fully aware of the fact that those to whom his son was given were going to kill him and send him to hell? The answer is simple. The only father who would do something like that would be a father who know for certain that his son would not only destroy death itself, but would also kick down the gates of hell, rescue all other family members who were unjustly held there, and restore all of the family back together in the presence of the Father.
The True Family
As we all know, love and family can get complicated; notwithstanding, most of us would agree, in spite of the cost, family is worth fighting for, even to the point of death itself. This is the true story of Christmas. Christmas, more than any other place in the Bible, is where the true family on earth is pictured in perfect harmony and peace. Family always was and still remains the be God’s ultimate plan for all of mankind.
A Family Portrait
The Christmas scene in the Bible is a beautiful and unmistakable portrait of the true family of God. The cast is a mother, a father, and their newborn son. ~ “And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger” (Luke 2.16). It has been correctly stated the underlying purpose of the Architect in all of creation is for God to have a family.
However, having a family is not always as simple as it may appear to be, just ask God! His first son unwittingly delivered the entire family into the hands of sin, death and hell through the deceit of the serpent in the garden of Eden. ~ “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die…Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis2.17, 3.1).
A True Father
A true father would never surrender his children to anyone, much less to the devil and eternal death. Such is the Christmas story. God have His only begotten Son so that through Him all of the Family of God could be rescued out of the clutches of the prince of darkness, from sin, sickness, death and suffering. Abraham’s sacrifice of his only Son Isaac foreshadows the manger in Bethlehem on the first Christmas morning. ~ “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten [son], concluding that God [was] able to raise [him] up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense” (Hebrews 11.17,19).
The Only Begotten Son
Christmas is the celebration of the greatest of all gifts. God has given His only begotten Son that ‘through’ Him, we all might receive eternal life. ~ “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (1John 4.9). Jesus is God’s only begotten Son in that He is the only son of God who died and then ripped off the gates of hell through the resurrection on the third day, opening the way for all to escape the pains of sin and death ‘through Him.’
The Earth’s Two Families
Jesus is called ‘the last Adam,’1 in that He came to undo all of the destruction the first Adam brought upon mankind in the garden of Eden. There are two families in the earth. All pain and suffering in the human family are a product of the offspring of Adam, whose first son (Cain) killed2 his brother, Abel. All men born of a woman are the fleshly descendants of the first man Adam, in whom all die. All men born3 of the Spirit, as Jesus was through the virgin Mary, are the descendants of Jesus Christ, the last Adam, in whom all live.
A Son is Given
The laws of the Kingdom of God often appear to operate in reverse order to the logic of the carnal mind. The wisdom of God teaches that life4 is only entered into via death, that giving is more blessed5 than receiving, and that joy comes through6 suffering. The main idea of Christmas is the birth of the baby Jesus, who is ‘the7 way.’ At Christmas we celebrate how God has freely given to us all things8 through His Son, who we all, like Him, must be born, not of a carnal woman, but through the power of the Holy Spirit, and then enter into the fulness of that new life by following in the footsteps of Jesus, growing up into the fulness of the Son of God through maturing day-by-day in the Spirit.
And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born of you will be called the Son of God.
1. 1Corinthians 15.45
2. 1John 3.12
3. John 3.3
4. Hebrews 2.14
5. Acts 20.35
6. Hebrews 12.2
7. John 14.6
8. Romans 8.28
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