He did not begin in Bethlehem. He has always been. He did not become the Son of God on that first Christmas nor the Savior at Calvary…that was His role since eternity past. Jesus Christ is God. He is the second person of the Godhead, the Trinity, and has existed forever with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one in essence and purpose.
He took on human flesh about nine months prior to that Bethlehem birth. But He spoke the worlds into existence in the beginning and walked with Adam and Eve in the garden. He appeared to Abraham, wrestled with Jacob, assured Joshua and walked in the fiery furnace.
Of His first 30 years on earth we know little. Of His final three, the Gospel writers tell us much, but John lets us know that if all that He did in those years was recorded, the world’s books could not hold the documentary.
He is the central figure of all eternity and of all of earth’s history. There are various versions of the anonymous essay “The Incomparable Christ.” But they put into words His impact on all of us.
“More than 2,000 years ago there was a miraculous birth. A heavenly king took on human flesh, setting aside His purple robe for a peasant’s tunic.
“He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor. This man lived in poverty and was raised in obscurity. He received no formal education (that we know of) and never possessed wealth or widespread influence. He never traveled extensively. He seldom crossed the boundary of the country in which He lived.
“But this man’s life changed the course of history. In infancy He startled a king. In childhood He amazed religious scholars. In manhood He ruled the course of nature, walking on stormy waters and hushing the raging sea.
“He healed multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His services. He never practiced psychiatry, yet He healed more broken hearts than all the doctors far and near.
“He never wrote a book. Yet His life inspired more books than any other man. He never wrote a song, yet furnished the theme for more songs than all songwriters combined.
“He never founded a college, but all the schools together cannot boast of having as many students. He never marshaled an army, never drafted a soldier or fired a gun. Yet no leader ever had more rebels surrender to Him without a shot fired.
“King Herod could not kill Him. Satan could not seduce Him. His enemies could not destroy Him. The grave could not hold Him. After three days He rose from the dead, alive forevermore.
“He is the ever-perfect One. He is the Christ, the Son of the living God. This Man stands forth upon the highest pinnacle of heavenly glory, proclaimed by God, acknowledged by angels, adored by His people, and feared by demons as the risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
And ultimately, we will all stand before Jesus Christ as Savior or Judge. At that time, it won’t matter how religious you were, what church you belonged to, whether you pretended not to believe in God, how rich you were, how charitable and philanthropic you were, how nice or good you were, now many degrees or trophies you had, what color you skin was, what nationality/race/culture you came from.
No, at that time the only thing that will matter is what you do with Jesus Christ in this life. Do you believe facts about Him? Do you doubt Him? Or do you accept Him as Savior and Lord, believing Him to be the eternal God, the one who died on the cross for your sins, paying their full price. Do you acknowledge His resurrection, His ascension and His second coming? Do you accept Him with all of your heart, repenting of your sins and accepting His free gift of forgiveness and eternal life?
Paul told the Philippian church, “At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. And every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)
When the time comes for you to kneel before Jesus Christ, and have no doubt, every knee will do so, will you be acknowledging Him as Savior and entering into His glory or will you acknowledge Him as righteous judge and be sent away to everlasting punishment?
Christmas has come and gone; but it is alive in the hearts of all who know Him. And His gift of eternal life can be yours today. He is the only hope for America; He is the only hope for our sinful world; He is your and my only hope! “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” (I Timothy 1:15)