THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS
30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be bornwill be called holy—the Son of God.
I. JESUS CHRIST WAS CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT – THE SON OF GOD (v. 35)
A. To be the Son of God was to be equal to God himself. (John 5:18; Heb. 1:8). To be the Son of God is to share the nature of God the Father: since the Father is God, the Son is also God. But note that Jesus’ sonship is different from ours. We are adopted children; he is the only begotten son. Moreover, he is begotten not made. He is begotten from eternity. He has always been the Son of God or, if you prefer, God the Son. This is the logical conclusion that we can draw from the fact that Scripture refers to him as the Creator and not creature (John 1:1,2; Heb. 1:3; Rev. 1:8 & Rev. 22:12, 20). See also I John 5:20, Phil. 2:5,6, 9 & Isa. 45:22, 23; Matt. 1:23 & Isa. 9:6)
B. If Jesus Christ were not God, then it would be idolatry to worship him (Rev. 22:8-9; Isa. 42:8 & John 17:5). But the Bible teaches that Jesus is to be worshiped; therefore, he is God (Heb. 1:6; John 9:38).
C. If Jesus Christ were not God, he could not be savior (Isa. 45:21, 22). How could the blood of an ordinary man pay for the sins of the whole world? The claims of divine justice are infinite. Our sins deserve eternal punishment. Only God can satisfy the claims of his own justice. Only the infinite merits of God himself can pay for the penalty of sin. But the Bible says Jesus Christ is our savior from sin; therefore, he is God (Matt. 1:21, 23).
II. JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY – THE SON OF MAN (vv. 30-31)
A. “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:1,14; Phil. 2:5-8)
B. Because Jesus Christ is truly man, then –
(1) His sufferings for us were genuine (Isa. 53:6). Only as man could he share human suffering.
(2) His love for us was great (Rom. 5:6). Had he not taken the nature of man he could not have demonstrated his love for us by dying for us.
(3) His sympathy for was sincere (Heb. 4:15). He understands what it means to be tempted, to be hungry, to be thirsty, to be wounded, to be hurt both physically and emotionally, to be rejected by his own family and people, to be forsaken and even betrayed by those closest to him.
CONCLUSION: JESUS CHRIST IS THE GOD-MAN.
- Because Jesus is truly God, he is a powerful savior. We can trust him to save us (Heb. 7:25; Acts 16:31)
- Because Jesus Christ is truly man, he is a compassionate savior. We can be confident that he is willing to save us if we come to him (Heb. 4:16; Matt. 11:28).