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Just who was He?
The Apostle John tells us that our Lord was there from the beginning. The first chapter of John gives us some background to Christmas. Our Lord was there in the beginning. He was with God, He was God. Everything was created by Him and He was and is the Light of the World. Finally, in verse 14, we read about when He became a human baby.
Most everyone who has any Bible background would think of Jesus as the Son of God and God the Son. Actually He likely appeared many times in the Old Testament in Angelic form. Whenever we read the Angel of the Lord, it is likely our Lord in the form of an angel. When read an angel of the Lord, it is some other angel. The Angel of the Lord speaking and the Lord speaking are used interchangeable by the same one. This is part of who our Christmas Baby was and is.
The reason for the season was planned before the creation of the world. Our Lord was in on that. He created everything (Colossians 1:16, 17), and holds everything together. He appeared many times in the Old Testament, and then came to die as a perfect human sacrifice to start off the New Covenant.
He then made it possible for all to be forgiven through confession and repentance (I John 1:9). Lastly, and best of all, He made it possible for all to become children of God and have everlasting life by accepting Him into our hearts and lives (John 1:11,12; I John 5:11,12). Just who is this whose birthday we celebrate on Christmas? He is God the Creator, God who comes in Angelic form, God who comes in human form as the perfect sacrifice for sin, and He is present in us if we have let Him come in to give us eternal life. Finally we can live with Him forever in our perfect bodies and minds. That is whose birth we celebrate for Christmas.
For the 2010 Club, Dec. 26 takes us to Zechariah 3 and Revelation 17.
Have a wonderful Christmas with our Lord and your family.
Crist Langelett, known to North St. Paul and Maplewood readers as a longtime Review columnist, is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in his local church and in civic groups.