What’s the big deal about Jesus? How did a carpenter’s son from the small town of Nazareth, become the largest figure in human history?
Every year secularized America tries to weigh in on how Jesus of Nazareth became, and still is the icon of the “holiday season” (just notice the magazine rack), even though He never traveled more than a hundred miles from his hometown, never wrote a book, never married, never bought a house, and died a violent criminal’s death.
Was it His way with words, kind heart, revolutionary spirit, or white robe and perfectly manicured beard? No, it was none of those, it was much more. Jesus is God.
Matthew 1:18 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.”
1) Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20).
Jesus had a biological mother (Mary) but no biological father. Jesus was not conceived by sperm and egg like every other human being on the planet. Instead He was conceived by a miracle of the Holy Spirit. Through the egg and DNA of Mary, Jesus became fully human. Through the absent of sperm, Jesus remained fully Divine. Joseph was not Jesus’ biological father, because God was His father; and the baby crying in the manger was both fully God and fully man.
2) According to prophecy (1:23).
Jesus’ miraculous birth didn’t just happen, it happened just as it was foretold 700 years prior. Isaiah predicted a virgin would give birth to a son, and Matthew records Mary as that virgin and Jesus as that son.
3) God with us (1:23).
His name (identity) is Immanuel, which means God with us. The baby in Mary’s arms, is very God from very God, who came to dwell with us!
4) To save us from our sins (1:21).
Here is the heart and purpose for why Jesus came that first Christmas morning. He came to save us from our sins. He lived the perfect life we could not, and died the death we all deserve, so that in Him we might have life. That’s why this carpenter from Nazareth is such a big deal.
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