The birth of a child brings joy and new meaning to the family. But let us ask ourselves, what if our sons and daughter were not born? Can we exchange their presence with their absence? Like the birth of Christ that brings joy to many who believe in His name, even to those who profess to believe in Him, we can ask the same question. What if Christ was not born, can there be any good reason to rejoice?
DEATH BETTER THAN BIRTH
Ecc 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment;
and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.
Among the book that talks about more on vanities can be found in Ecclesiastes. But we also have to understand that if the Bible is only until the Old Testament, or until the book of Ecclesiastes, and excluding the account that a Savior was born, surely every labor under the sun is vain. That is why the author who experienced almost every good thing under the sun wrote it. But considering the birth of our Lord only the person who has faith on His coming (Heb.11:13) and those with an encounter with Him is worthy to face his death (Lk.2:26-29; Php.1:21). What profit is there in living and dying if Christ is foreign in one’s life?
Many people cannot realize the value of one thing unless they saw the opposite. Many of us cannot realize the value of one’s presence unless we learned of his absence. Like the death of Christ, we can only realize it through the value of His birth. There is no death of Christ without His birth. Let us contemplate from the normal occurrences of one’s birth and let us see the essence of Christ’s birth.
HIS BIRTH MAKES OUR BIRTH BETTER
1. The birth of a child brings relief
Joh 16:21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
Pregnancy is a 9 month course in a mother’s life. The pain on daily adjustments, until labor and delivery, is unbearable. I think that no mother will desire to carry her baby in the womb for the rest of her life, or even one year. Because even a delay of delivery amounts to worry. She is like a student desiring graduation. But when the baby was born the pains were relieved.
The birth of Christ is important. Without it there will be no relief for all of our pain (Rm.7:24-25).( Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. )
2. The birth of a child brings new relationship
Gal 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
The family is not just all about husband and wife relationship. After the birth of their first child a new relationship emerged. There comes a mother and child relationship, a father and child relationship and a father, mother and child relationship. If there’s already a child, therefore there can be a brother to brother, a brother to sister, and a sister to sister relationship was added. It means there’s a new relationship.
The birth of Christ brought about a new relationship. We received adoption. It is a relationship which is legal and has no difference with the child by virtue of birth. Those who believed in Him received sonship (Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: )
Eph 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
3. The birth of a child brings rejoicing
Luk 1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
Luk 1:57-58Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. And her neighbors and her cousins heard how the Lord had showed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.
The birth of a child brings joy to the mother, father, attendant and the rest of the family and friends. It is like a gift was given them and it amounts to rejoicing. Even in some cases of an unwanted pregnancy joy seems unexplained after birthing. Except for unsuccessful labor, almost after one’s birth, joy is always an expected guest (Jn.16:21).
The birth of Christ is a source of greater joy for all people. (Luk 2:10-11 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.)
4. The birth of a child brings report
Luk 2:15 -17 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
It is required,that once a baby was born, a report has to be made and commonly it is registered. The attendant has to do the charting, and then the hospital or any responsible person has to deliver it to the proper authorities so that it will be included in the National Statistic office. The most common report is announcing to the relatives that it is a “boy‟ or a “girl‟. It is always a good news. Although in some case ,like when the baby is a girl, or when hospital bills are too much ,at times the father is hesitant to announce it.
The birth of Christ is called “good tidings of great joy‟ (Lk.2:10-11). There’s no bit of shadow to hesitate or be ashamed to report it. Like the shepherds who reported Christ’s birth to others and many were amazed. Paul is not ashamed to tell anyone about the gospel (Rm.1:16). We too have to report this to other people.(Luk 2:17-18 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.)
5. The birth of a child brings new rule
Mat 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
In a family, when a baby was born ,a new rule or standard happens and consequently a new role was developed. Everyone is required to welcome and care for the baby. The father or any elder brother takes care of the mother’s incapacity. It sounds as if a new ruler was born that demands immediate attention especially when the baby cries. I think that all will agree that no one dares to question the baby; in fact ,all of us were saying comforting words “Baby, what do you want?” Everyone learns responsibility even for a first time parents.
The birth of Christ demands even a greater rule and affects a greater role to those who believe Him. Christ must be the reigning King, the Lord or highest authority in our life (Mt.2:1-2). It is a requirement for all that sovereignty must be directed to Him. However, only few realized it in their life. (Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. )
6.The birth of a child brings realization of promise
Heb 11:11 Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
Among the parents,the father expects the promise of a bearer of their names. When they were married they have vows or exchange of promise until a child becomes the fruit.
The birth of Christ was the fulfillment of the first promise of God’s providence. (Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. ) That is why in Christ we are victorious and more than conquerors (Rm.8:37) and that is we can also overcome because Christ has defeated the enemy at the cross of calvary. Through Him we experience God’s promise to mankind.
2Co 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
7. The birth of a child brings remedy
Luk 1:24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Luk 1:25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
The birth of a child is like removing something undesirable, like removing a reproach.[Sarah (Gen.16:1-6), Rachel (Gen.30:1), Hannah (1 Sam.1:1-7)]. Even in our time when you have no child, people may look upon you as accursed.But once you have a child it is as if a reproach was taken away.
The birth of our Lord is very important. For without Him no one is worthy to take away our reproach, our sorrows. (Isa 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.)
8. The birth of a child brings redemption
Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
During pregnancy, while the baby is still in the womb,parents are like investing. Finances, sacrifice and many things were given out for the sake of the baby. When a baby was born parents thought that what they all have invested was at last paid in full, or what they had given up was redeemed or “buy back”, or there was something good in return.
When Christ was born, God showed to Simeon His redemption (Lk.2:30), to Anna (Lk.2:38), to John (Jn.1:29) and to us. Apart from Him there is no redemption. No one is worthy to break the bondage but Him (Heb.2:14-15).
Gal 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
9. The birth of a child brings new revelation
Luk 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
Family members were all excited as the baby was born. They all came up with new ideas in caring for their baby, as if a new revelation was shown on them.
Like the birth of Christ, a new revelation was shared to all of us. God showed it already to Elizabeth (Lk.1:43) and to the shepherds that this child Jesus is Lord. The Lordship of men brings bondage and chaos but Christ’s Lordship brings freedom and order. Without His Lordship ,mankind is doomed. There can be no salvation apart from His Lordship.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
10. The birth of a child brings reconciliation
Among the factor in the contention between husband and wife is lack of progeny. At least for those who still does not have it and have gone long years with an intact marriage, they have already learned and overcome the torment or pressure of its absence. In the quarreling couple the birth of a child reunites them. It may not resolve every conflicts but the degree of enmity has been diminished.
The birth of Christ brings reconciliation. It is in God’s foreknowledge shared to us that one can be “at-one-ment” or union with Him, only through His Son in Whom the very means was fulfilled in His crucifixion. Without the birth of Christ no one is worthy to die to bring us back to God.
Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Rom 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
11. The birth of a child brings reason for peace
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
When the baby was born ,peace was developed. No one is allowed to shout or attempt to make a noise that will disturb the baby especially when he/she is asleep. Silence is observed and a must. It is a shameful thing to make a noise.
The birth of our Lord brings peace. He is our Prince of Peace (Isa.9:6). We only have peace with God through Him. The world viewed peace as the absence of trouble/war but we are taught that peace is seen in the midst of war, problem, and trouble .It is only in Him (Jn.16:33). A person can only have true peace when he is at peace with God. For when God look upon us His wrath abides and is only taken away as we believed His Son
Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
12. The birth of a child brings recollection
When a baby was born we are reminded of the same experience. It’s like the father remembered when he was still a baby, or the mother was reminded how her mother/parents cared for, or we are reminded how cute we are and how others were captivated by our coming. Our birth servds as a reminder, not just about us, but also about our parents’ sacrifice especially our mothers.
The birth of Christ must remind us of many things ,especially God’s grace for us (Joh 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. ) We may not remember the essence of why we were born but we will realize our value as we understood why the Lord Jesus took human form for our sake (Heb.2:14-18).
Heb 2:14-18 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.17 Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.
13. The birth of a child brings riches
Pro 17:6 Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
When a baby was born a new value in the family was added. A dimensional increase was achieved in the family, from their personalities, lifestyles and their very possession. The baby is more than a treasure, like gold, diamond or a precious stone. You will want to loose anything, even your life, but not your son or your daughter. Their birth is like gaining a precious possession or riches in your family.
The birth of our Lord commences God’s greatest giving. This world may offer abundance but no riches can surpass what one can truly and only have in Christ. Many are rich in this world but poor in the sight of God (Lk.12:16-21). The Lord Jesus made us valuable and have true riches.
2Co 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
14. The birth of a child brings race
Pro 13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
A family who has no children may become hopeless that their race can be erased (Gen.19:30-36). Only the birth of a baby brings about a restoration of a race in the sense that somebody will take the place of their parents as they passed away. Most likely the father wants a baby boy to carry his name .But I was told that in some country, like Panama, the name of the mother is being carried, and now through some legal ammendments in some laws of the land, a baby can carry her/his mother’s name..
The birth of Christ brings a new race, new connection, and new nature. We are all identified in Adam, or our connection at first before we believe, is with the first man (Rm.5:14-21; 1 Co.15:45-57) and because of it, what happens to him consequently happens to us.
1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
A person can only have new birth, new connection and new nature through Christ (Jn.1:12;3:3-7). And as we became God’s progeny we are also entitled of inheritance (Acts 26:18). We became heirs of God and we have the liberty to call Him as our Father (Rm.8:15). Gal 4:6-7 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
This race is a heavenly one and not earthly.
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
15. The birth of a child brings reason to hope
Mat 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
As the baby was born, a hope to long for the future comes up. Parents dreamed about of what they will become and they strive for it with that hope of fulfilling those dreams.
The birth of Christ brings hope. Mankind, most especially the Gentile, are hopeless. But we were given hope through Christ(Eph.2:11-12)
Eph 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
1Ti 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
BECAUSE HE WAS BORN
If Christ was not born ,all these things are not possible for us to obtain in His sight. But because He was born, let us thank God for the birth of our Lord. It may not be said specifically on the 25 of December ,or this Christmas season ,but we know the very essence of His birth.He is the reason for us to live and rejoice.
Luk 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
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