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By BARBARA BROWN
I have observed over the years so many ways to consider the account of the first Christmas. I’ve considered historical references, nighttime constellations, the account of simple shepherds and electrifying documentation of fulfilled prophecies. I found that there are some who say Jesus was not born in December and some insist he was. But I know when he was born: Just in time! And, I find that I strongly relate to the wise men’s account of the whole occasion, “When they saw the star they shouted joyfully.” Matthew 2:10
How could the wise men be so happy? Because they perceived God had something to say and it was worth sending his son to say it. The good news is that we have not been left alone in this ever expanding universe. Father God sent Jesus to us, to live among us, and the words Jesus spoke revealed a father’s heart to us. This is the relationship God has with his Son:
Hebrews 1-2 Good News Translation
God's word through his Son
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. He reflects the brightness of God's glory and is the exact likeness of God's own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for the sins of all human beings, he sat down in heaven at the right side of God, the Supreme Power.”
The Greatness of God's Son
“The Son was made greater than the angels, just as the name that God gave him is greater than theirs. For God never said to any of his angels, ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father.‘ Nor did God say about any angel, ‘I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.’ But when God was about to send his first-born Son into the world, he said, ‘All of God's angels must worship him.’ But about the angels God said, ‘God makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.’ About the Son, however, God said: ‘Your kingdom, O God, will last forever and ever! You rule over your people with justice. You love what is right and hate what is wrong. That is why God, your God, has chosen you and has given you the joy of an honor far greater than he gave to your companions.’
“He also said, ‘You, Lord, in the beginning created the earth, and with your own hands you made the heavens. They will disappear, but you will remain; they will all wear out like clothes. You will fold them up like a coat, and they will be changed like clothes. But you are always the same, and your life never ends...’”
The Great Salvation
“That is why we must hold on all the more firmly to the truths we have heard, so that we will not be carried away. … The Lord himself first announced this salvation, and those who heard him proved to us that it is true.”
Yes, God speaks through his son, and his powerful message gives us hope for the future.
“For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him.” John 3:17
Barbara Brown is a Bible teacher at the Lighthouse Church of God
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.