Today’s Text: Select Scriptures
Before the lighting of the National Christmas Tree this year, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke introduced the president as, “the man who brought Christmas back to Washington.” Truly, President Trump’s remarks set a new tone for the 2017 Christmas season emphasizing the biblical account of the Nativity as central to our nation’s celebration.
The enduring historical record as documented in the Bible is profound. The narrative begins at the dawn of time when God promised the virgin-born Redeemer to Adam and Eve, the progenitors of the human race.
The following Scripture passages trace the promise to fulfillment:
And I [God] will put enmity
Between you [Satan] and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son,
and shall call His name Immanuel.”
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows:
After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.
But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying,
‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.’
So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, God with us.”
God kept His word in providing His promised Redeemer so mankind could have a restored relationship with Him. Not only is that fact the true reason for our celebration, it is essential to reclaiming Christmas in our culture.
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. Rev. McCracken is known for authenticity in communicating biblical truth that makes his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
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1) The Temptation of Adam and Eve. By Selbymay[CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios