Christmas from Christ's Perspective
Hopefully by now you have been able to process the coming celebration of Jesus’ birth from the perspective of the John the Apostle. What we have in his first 18 verses are gloriously descriptive. We see Jesus from His pre-existent position before we gaze on Him in a Bethlehem stable.
There is one more storyteller, however, that we can learn from who knows the first Christmas better than anyone. It’s the Lord Jesus Himself. What can He tell us since He was a baby? Actually we cannot go to the gospels for His account. The Lord’s own words come to us in the fortieth Psalm and are repeated in the book of Hebrews. Here is Jesus’ perspective on coming to earth through a very human birth: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, O God.’” (Hebrews 10:5-7)
I’m always surprised by the nuggets of Biblical gold one can mine from the sermon to the Hebrews. What does Jesus emphasize through His own description of coming to the world? Well first of all, we see that there is a sovereign purpose behind His coming--a real need that only He can meet. The Old Testament sacrifices could not fully satisfy the righteousness of God. There is nothing upon this cursed world that ever walked or grew which could be offered by our hands to pardon our sins. Without Jesus, we would be truly hopeless.
So what does God do? He prepares Himself a body. God Himself comes into our world to fulfill what has always been lacking in our attempts at righteousness. The second person of the Trinity, Jesus, comes as a baby and grows to be a man for the purpose of doing the will of the One who sent Him, the Father. It is the Father’s will that Jesus serves to our eternal benefit. That is why He came. That’s the Christmas story from the perspective of Jesus.
How deeply moving for us to have this insight at our own Christmas time. We may be 2000 years removed from the event itself, but Christ never ceases to be current. May God again impart to human hearts the blessings of His heaven. Cast out our sins, enter in, and be born in us today. The Christmas story is still alive. The child in the manger who grew to manhood and died on the cross was resurrected and remains our Priest and King.
This Christmas story lives. It remains alive today, and it enables us to live also.