On this Christmas Day, Christians around the world are celebrating the coming of Jesus Christ to earth to be born as a man so He could complete God’s plan for the spiritual redemption of mankind in fulfillment of many prophecies of the Bible made over thousands of years.
God’s redemptive plan became necessary after the original people that God created, Adam and Eve, were seduced by the Devil into eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3:1-6) Their disobedience caused them to fall into a sinful state that broke the special relationship that they had with God and caused God to impose on them the spiritual death sentence that He had warned them about. (Genesis 3:3)
However, at the same time, God still wanted to have a close relationship with mankind, but He also knew that Adam and Eve would only pass their sinful state onto their descendants. So God developed a plan for the spiritual redemption of mankind that would eventually restore that close relationship.
That plan was first seen in the judgment that God pronounced on Adam and Eve as found in Genesis 3:15. In that verse, God prophesied that the seed of the woman would crush the serpent’s head.
That prophecy was remembered by those people of succeeding generations who wanted to follow God’s principles as they watched many people around them get further into wickedness and spiritual darkness by rebelling against God’s rules for living.
In the midst of great spiritual darkness, God gave three great prophecies to Isaiah. The first of these is found in Isaiah 9:2, 6, where God declared that “The people who walked in darkness will see a great light, those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them . . . For a child will be born to us; a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on his shoulders, and His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Next in Isaiah 7:14, God said that a virgin will bear a son and call His name Immanuel.” Then, in Isaiah 11:1-5, God said that the redeemer will come from the stem of Jessie and have great wisdom from God.
That time began to happen when the angel Gabriel appeared first to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist and six months later to the Virgin Mary. Gabriel told Mary that the Holy Spirit would come over her and she would conceive and bear a son and call His name Jesus. (Luke 1:26-38)
The birth of Jesus took place in Bethlehem in fulfillment of the prophecy in Micah 5:2. It was proclaimed to shepherds on the nearby hills by many angels. (Luke 2:9-14) The birth was also proclaimed by a special star that guided some wise men to come from Persia so they could worship “He who has been born King of the Jews.” (Matthew 2:2)
Another part of God’s redemptive plan is described in 1 Peter 1:20 and Revelation 13:8. These passages talk about Jesus being the Lamb of God that was slain from the foundation of the world. Although Jesus wasn’t actually slain at that time, the plan was developed then for Him, as the Lamb of God, to become the perfect Passover sacrifice.
That typology came from the time that God had the Israelite people put the blood of a spotless lamb on the doorpost of their houses in order to protect them from the death angel that was to bring death to all the first born in the land of Egypt as the tenth plague. Having that protection and the deliverance from the bondage in Egypt is celebrated by the Jewish people during the Feast of Passover
After Jesus grew up and started His earthly ministry, he was proclaimed to be “the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world” by John the Baptist in John 1:29. Jesus fulfilled that role through His sacrificial death on the cross on Passover. Since Jesus had lived a perfect life without breaking any of God’s laws, He could offer Himself up as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. (Hebrews 10:12) He took the punishment of death that everyone who broke God’s laws deserved.
As the result of Jesus completing God’s redemptive plan, the people who ask God to forgive them for breaking God’s laws and then ask Jesus Christ to become their personal Savior will be forgiven by God fro breaking His laws, made God’s newly restored creation, made a part of His spiritual kingdom of light, and be sent the power of the Holy Spirit so they can live according to God’s principles in the Bible.
Then, as people daily study God’s Word to learn those principles and daily talk to God in prayer about their problems, they can develop a close relationship with God that will help them get through their journey of life. Being able to have that close relationship with God is what God’s redemptive plan is all about and that is why Jesus came to earth on the original Christmas Day.
So this Christmas, let Christians understand that just as God was faithful in sending Jesus to earth at the right time in fulfillment of many Bible prophecies; then God will also be faithful in sending Jesus back to earth to set up God’s earthly kingdom at the right time in fulfillment of what the Bible prophecies actually say—rather than according to what the speculations of people or various traditions say!