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Christmas Prayer – Renewing the Mind to the Virgin Birth

Christmas Prayer – Renewing the Mind to the Virgin Birth

 

“For He chose us in [Christ] before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Ephesians 1:4)

Christmas is about the Gospel. Christmas is about salvation in Christ Jesus. Before the foundation of the world, God had a plan for salvation in Christ Jesus for sinful people who would believe in Him.

Since all people would be condemned to die and perish because of sin, God’s plan included a substitute who would be qualified to die in their stead to provide justice and mercy. Who would that substitute be? God would not be able to die for man because He is Spirit. Sin came into the world by a man, Adam, who was condemned for sin, so a sinless human would need to be the substitute to die. No human could die for the sins of mankind because all people inherited sin from Adam since they came from Him biologically, so they already had their own sin for which to die. The substitute to die for sin would have to have no sin so that he could become sin or die for the sins of others. He would have to be sinless, perfect and holy. Since the requirements for a worthy substitute were to be sinless and human, mankind was hopeless without God’s intervention. No human was sinless.

This is the reason for Christmas. This is the reason for the virgin birth. By a miracle of the Holy Spirit, a young girl named Mary became pregnant without relationship with a husband. The baby to be born was God the Son, Jesus. Jesus was and is God. When he was born as a baby he also became a man; a human who had no sin. For the first time since Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden at creation, there was a human person on the earth who was holy, who had no sin, and who could become the substitute to die for the sins of people. He is fully God and fully man. Jesus died on the cross for sin and he rose from the grave victoriously over sin and death.

People can receive this salvation by adjusting their thinking and belief to these Biblical truths. Paul said that all who will be saved “must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21b) A person is reborn spiritually at salvation by asking God to forgive his or her sins and asking the living resurrected Spirit of Christ, or the Holy Spirit, to come and live in his/her dead spirit (due to sin) as Lord, and to give that person spiritual life for eternity.

Christmas is also about God’s glory. This gospel message of life in Christ Jesus reveals God’s glory. The people in the Christmas story gave glory to God! The angel Gabriel (Luke 1:31-33), John the Baptist in the womb of Elizabeth (Luke 1:41-42), Mary (Luke 1:46-55), Zechariah (Luke 1:67-79), the shepherds and angels (Luke 2:13-14, 17), Joseph and Mary (Luke 2:22-24), Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:28-32, 38), and the Magi/wise men (Matthew 2:10-11) all gave glory to God.

This Christmas, let’s pray to the glory of God, and pray that many people will encounter His glory through salvation in Christ Jesus as they pray to be saved in repentance and faith in Him.

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care