During the Christmas season we are reminded of the birth of Jesus. The news of Jesus’ birth surely brought Joy to the World.
Why such joy? In “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” we sing these words:
“Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.”
Jesus was pleased to clothe himself in human flesh and dwell with us. He stooped down from heaven to live with us mere mortals here on earth. This Christmas carol continues:
“Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.”
Yes, Jesus humbly gave up his divine prerogatives to live with us, suffer with us, and die for us – out of his great love for us.
Jesus was “Born that man no more may die,” that through faith in him we might have everlasting life with him in Paradise (John 3:16).
Jesus was “Born to raise the sons of earth,” that we might become children of God and heirs together with Christ in heaven (Rom. 8:17).
Jesus was “Born to give them second birth,” that we might be born again – a spiritual birth – so that we might be transformed into his likeness (2 Cor. 3:18).
Jesus has given us a fresh start!
Adam and Eve failed in the Garden of Eden and they were expelled from Paradise.
Jesus, the last Adam, has succeeded and is bringing us into Paradise!
“The Scriptures tell us, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living person.’ But the last Adam – that is, Christ – is a life-giving Spirit.” (1 Cor. 15:45)
Jesus’ birth was a game-changer – for all of us. His birth is still recognized in our calendars, in this Year of our Lord, 2016.
Jesus came to give us new life and a fresh start. But we have a choice: Will we accept his freely-given gift or will we continue to live our lives our own way – a way which leads to destruction?
Moreover, having received Jesus’ gift of eternal life, will we live our lives as Jesus would, or will we take his gift for granted? The choice is ours. May we all choose better than Adam and Eve.