The Mystery of All Mysteries

Messiah is born


The Mystery of All Mysteries

 


The mystery of all mysteries is how God became a man. The Gospel of John speaks about this mystery as perhaps the greatest miracle of all time, stating, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) The Word, in the opening of John’s gospel, would read in the Greek, “Theos en ho logos (and the Word was God).”

John tells us that in the beginning of time, there was the eternal “Logos,” the Word, who would become a man in the flesh. Jesus Christ incarnate would enter our world by humbling Himself in an incredible manner. He would leave His heavenly throne where the King of all Kings from eternity past would come to us as a mere man. He would then experience what it meant to be fully human. He would walk the same earth on which we walk, breathe the same air, drink the same water and eat the same bread as you and I. It would be the testimony of all testimonies as man, for the first time, could identify and witness the Glory of all glories brought forth from God the Father.

The Apostle John uses the word “flesh” to focus on the physical reality that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, would now become part of the physical world. This is the Doctrine of Incarnation that John so eloquently presents in his Gospel. The Logos (Word) in the divine realm would give honor to man by creating man in His image. He would do this in both the physical and spiritual realms (Genesis 1:27). It is no wonder that He put all life forms under the dominance of man who is “over everything thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28) The Logos also represents the mind or intellect that has the ability to reason with our mental faculties. Man, therefore, has been endowed with reason and logic, because he has been made in the image of the Creator. Although man has the gift to imitate God in the creative process, John reminds us that only God has the ability to truly create something out of nothing. John reiterates this fact when he states, “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:3)

In the first chapter of John’s gospel, he parallels the first chapter of Genesis. It was by God’s Word in Genesis 1 that we understand that the preincarnate Messiah speaks all things - living and non-living - into existence. In the opening verse of the creation account, light is introduced: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)  This refers to the light of the entire Creation that divides the darkness. The Gospel of John is an affirmation of Genesis 1 in the pronouncement that the Son of God would be the light for all men, “In Him was life, and the light would be the light of men.” (John 1:4)

Angel announces Messiah's BirthIt was the Glory of all glories who created the cosmos so that everyone would be amazed by its mystical beauty and immense grandeur. By this we realize His true honor and glory. Paul states in Romans 1 that it is mere foolishness to deny the Creator whose very existence is proven by His creation. All who fail to acknowledge Him are without excuse. It is no wonder that the angelic host heralded the incarnation of the Messiah by exclaiming, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men.” (Luke 2:9)

The Father gave His only Son to become human from the very time of conception, the point at which all life begins. He would choose a young Jewish virgin to be one in whom the promised  Son of God would be miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit. She was betrothed to a carpenter named Joseph when an angel appeared to her saying, “‘Do not be afraid, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and you shall call him Jesus.’” (Luke 1:30-31)

She was favored by God’s grace to fulfill the most amazing plan that has ever been conceived. He would sanctify Mary’s womb for His special purpose, the Incarnation. God designed the womb as the place for all human life to begin. The womb remains God’s place for the phenomenal development and growth for all of the unique creatures that He designed to populate the planet.

This would be the only time in all of history that a woman would carry a baby who would become the Savior of mankind. Christ, the King of Kings, would be born into the world through the pains of childbirth. Even the mother of our Savior would be subject to the consequences of the curse that was pronounced when Adam disobeyed God’s instructions in the Garden of Eden. This curse that was placed upon the earth included the pains of childbirth. Mary would not be spared from God’s decree that, “in pain you shall bring forth children.” (Genesis 3:16)

Christ would also subject Himself to a sin-cursed world. In fact, the Messiah took the curse pronounced in the Garden upon Himself. His crucifixion was in fulfillment of many prophecies including several in the Law of Moses, for “he who is hanged (on a tree) is accursed of God.” (Deut. 21:23) The Apostle Paul understood this when he told the believers in Galatia, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.’” (Gal. 3:13)  The Apostle Paul explains that the effect of this curse included the entire creation.

In Romans 8:22, he states, “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” To bear pain in childbirth is the reflection of the present-day affairs here on earth as we wait for our physical redemption in Christ’s second coming.

Our Savior came into this cursed world subject to modest surroundings. He was the King of Glory, but He sought no earthly recognition or treasures. He chose two simple people to be His parents. Although our Savior chose humble surroundings by which to enter a world that He created, it is an historical event that will never be forgotten.

The incarnation has been foretold in numerous irrefutable prophesies, some of which were made hundreds of years and others thousands of years before our Savior was conceived. In Genesis 3, when man was in the Garden, we witness the deception of Eve with Adam choosing to defy the Creator. Because of his disobedience, the first Adam would bring sin into the world which brought eternal death. However, the second Adam, in the form of the Son of God, would be brought into this world to provide forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. “And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.” (I Corinthians 15:45)   

Genesis 3:15 is the first messianic prophecy in the Bible proclaiming that there would be a Savior who would be bruised for our salvation. In the middle of God’s pronouncement of judgment, He graciously promised Adam and Eve that the curse would be reversed. It was prophesied, “And I will put enmity you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15)  “Her seed” mentioned here would be Mary’s seed in the form of God the Son that would eventually be sent to this earth to bruise the head of the snake – Satan himself. This would mortally wound him, ensuring that man would be able to live with new life sealed for eternity.   

This event was predicted by the prophet Micah several hundred years before the actual occurrence of Christ’s birth. The children of Israel were told that their Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) When Herod became aware of this prophesy, he slaughtered every Jewish male two years old and younger. Joseph assumed the responsibilities of a protective step-father and was forced to move his family from Bethlehem. He received a warning from an angel in a dream that King Herod was out to kill his son, the promised Messiah. Joseph and Mary fled, taking Jesus to Egypt only to return upon hearing that Herod had died.

This fulfilled another prophecy in Hosea 11:1, “Out of Israel I called my son.”  In Isaiah 7:14, we see that the Messiah was to be born of a virgin as it states, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (God with us).” Jesus would eventually settle in Nazareth (a small town near Galilee) thereby fulfilling another prophecy: “He shall be called a Nazarene.” (Matthew 2:23) Jesus would grow up as a normal child without any fanfare other than the extraordinary wisdom He exhibited. (Luke 2:41-52)  

As a man, He looked like any other Hebrew, having no distinct characteristics in physical appearance. The great prophet Isaiah ministered as God’s servant during the Assyrian crisis dating back to 745–727 BC. He prophesized how our Savior would grow up, “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.” (Isaiah 53:2) He would grow up much like every young boy, but also “as a tender plant” rising from the dry ground, because the nation had endured 400 years of silence from God as they were without a prophet from Malachi until John the Baptist.

In addition to this, Israel was represented by the Jewish leaders who were so spiritually dry and blinded by legalism that they would not be able to recognize Jesus as their Messiah. They were not looking for a suffering servant, but for a conquering King and military leader who would give them victory over the Romans. There would be no distinguishing features in his human form and He would be dressed as a servant without any majestic adornments. The prophecy would be fulfilled when, as Isaiah boldly proclaimed, the Glory of all glories would be scorned and rejected, even though he would carry our sorrows to Calvary and brutally suffer for our sins.

4Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5But 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. 6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. -- Isaiah 53:4-7

The Messiah would be our Lamb led to the slaughter as payment for our sins. He would teach, disciple, and redeem mankind. He made the most amazing sacrifice in all of history for us who did not deserve it. This is the most incredible portrayal of love and amazing grace - the greatest gift ever bestowed upon mankind. That is what the birth of our Messiah represents. This prophetic event engraved in time gives us an eternal hope. As we celebrate this great mystery of the incarnation, let us remember that this great act of love can never be equaled.


Matter of Faith
As we are brought to the awareness that Christ came down from heaven in physical form to save mankind, we cannot forget that He also reveals Himself to us through His physical creation. Even though at this present time, we cannot see God, He has left us a confirmation of His Being in the magnificent expanse of the heavens. Its huge celestial bodies move at unimaginable speeds all being held together by an invisible force. This is evidence of workmanship that must have been done by the divine Maker. It is clearly evidenced when you look at the precise order and immutable laws governing God’s creation. The heavens have an inherent, mystically-divine beauty of their own that reminds us of the immensity of God's power.

As we look at life with all of its intricate complexities, we are brought to a conclusion that there is an Intelligent Designer, the Logos that the apostle John identifies as God. Yet there are still those who fail to see the connection between the Creation and the Creator. They have substituted nature for the Creator. Those who have eliminated the Creator and have given nature divine power are causing a great schism, a war of worldviews. The Creation/Evolution debate will exist as long as Satan rules this earth. Those who believe in a Creator logically understand that He is the Logos, the ultimate Intelligent Designer that has left evidence of His workmanship in physical form, the magnificent creation for all to see.

What is so troubling is that the anti-Creator agenda exists today in so many different forms, and is so dogmatically ingrained in our educational institutions that we have become overwhelmed. Those who have faith in Christ need to go forth in His righteousness to spread the truth about our Creator and Redeemer. God has called our ministry to encourage, disciple, and equip Christians with tools to fight the enemy’s lies. We are offering our supporters a wonderful dramatic production called, “A Matter of Faith.” It demonstrates the conflict that exists between a belief in the Creator and blind faith in Evolution. It engages young and old in the Creation/Evolution debate with a clear presentation of how these worldviews collide. The conflict takes place on a college campus where so many young minds can easily be intellectually seduced when they lack a sound foundation in their faith. We have also included my book, "Evidence for Creation"  to counterattack evolution's deadly ideology. This book is the antidote to demolish its lies, and it provides the reader with intelligent answers to refute its arguments.

We are offering these informative, relevant, and professionally-produced resources for a donation of $35. Our ministry is donor-supported and through God's blessings we are able to minister throughout America and now Colombia, South America. We thank you for all of your support through your prayers and generous financial giving.

-Tom DeRosa

 

 

 

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