I’ve mentioned it before, but our church reads a chapter a day from the Bible together. Today’s chapter is Psalms 22. I encourage you to read it with us. You can find it here. How appropriate it is that we read this prophetic Psalm concerning the cross of Calvary on the day we’ve set aside to remember the birth of Christ. For, you see, that is why He was born. He came into this world to save sinners, and the only way to save sinners was to make an atonement that would eternally please the Father.
The writer of Hebrews explains it to us, “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God…” (Hebrews 10:9-12).
That was the reason He was born of a lowly virgin. Paul told us in Galatians 4:4-5, “But when the fulness 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.”
And so today, on this date we’ve set aside to remember the incarnation which eventually culminated in the crucifixion and, thank God, the resurrection, I lift my voice (and pen) with the Psalmist in Psalms 22:22, “I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.” For He alone is worthy.
“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, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).