One of the things I love about Christmas, whether others like it – celebrate it or not, is that, it presents us with a fresh opportunity to revisit the most important aspect of God’s relationship with man and his intension to reconcile man unto himself. It is not the only theme surrounding the holiday, but I will argue that it is the most important.
This is the Glad Tidings of Christmas – God became man to reconcile man to himself.
It is therefore important for us to meditate upon it, teach about it, talk about, sing about it and believe it, because it changes every about Christmas and helps us celebrate with a deeper meaning and purpose in mind.
We confess that God did fulfill the promise which he made to the our fathers by the mouth of his holy prophets (Isa 11:1; Luke 1:55; Gen 26:4; 2 Sam 7:12; Ps 132:11; Acts 13:23) when he sent into the world, at the time appointed by him (Gal 4:4), his only-begotten and eternal Son.
We confess that he took upon himself the form of a servant, and became like unto men (1 Tim 2:5; 3:16; Phil 2:7)
We confess that he took upon himself the true human nature, with all its infirmities, except sin (2 Cor 5:21; Heb 2:14–15; 4:15; 7:26;1 Pet 2:22)
We confess that he was conceived in the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary, by the power of the Holy Ghost, without the means of man (Matt 1:18, 20; Luke 1:31, 34–35)
We confess that he did not only assume human nature as to the body, but also a true human soul (Matt 26:38; John 12:27) that he might be a real man.
We confess that Christ is a partaker of the flesh and blood of the children (Hebrews 2:14)
We confess that he is the fruit of the loins of David after the flesh (Acts 2:30)
We confess that he was made of the seed of David according to the flesh (Ps 132:11; Rom 1:3)
We confess that he is the fruit of the womb of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:42)
We confess that he was made of a woman (Gal 4:4);
We confess that he is of the branch of David (Jeremiah 33:15; 2 Tim 2:8)
We confess that he is the shoot of the root of Jesse (Isa 11:1; Rom 15:12)
We confess that he sprung from the tribe of Judah (Hebrews 7:14)
We confess that he descended from the Jews according to the flesh (Romans 9:5)
We confess that he is of the seed of Abraham ( Genesis 22:18; 2 Sam 7:12; Matt 1:1; Gal 3:16)
We confess that he became like unto his brethren in all things, except sin (Hebrews 2:15–17; 4:15)
We confess that in truth he is our Immanuel – God with us (Isa 7:14; Matt 1:23).
Do not let Christmas come and go this year without embracing the power of that truth – Immanuel, God is with us!