The theme of this VBS is Focus on Christ. The subject is The Birth of Christ. This is a subject needed for all. Some need to learn of this great event, especially as how it relates to salvation and eternity. Others need to be reminded of the importance of this birth.
First, let us see that the baby to be born lived before His birth. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” God, here, is plural, ELOHIYM, including the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One can see this in John 1:1—3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” Cf. Ephesians 3:9, “God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:….” Hebrews 1:1, 2 reads, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom he hath appointed heirs of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.” Thus, Jesus could rightfully claim, “Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58). Paul, moved by the Holy Spirit would declare, “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:17). In His prayer to His Father, Jesus spake of “the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” (John 17:5). Cf. Philippians 2:6; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3.
Second, the Creator would be born. Moses declared the birth of Christ when he wrote, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15). Jesus had to be in the world for Him to bruise the head of Satan; that would require Him coming to earth, which happened in the virgin birth. Isaiah penned these words, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14). The same prophet said, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:….” (Isaiah 9:6). The angel Gabriel was sent to a virgin named Mary, telling her that she had found favour with God, and that she would conceive in her womb, and bring forth a son, whom she would name Jesus. (Luke 1:26-35).
Third, the birth of Jesus took place according to prophecy. (Luke 2:6-20; Matthew 1:16-25). These verses enlighten us to the following facts: Jesus was born (Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 2:7) to a virgin (Matthew 1:23, 25; Luke 1:34) by the name of Mary (Matthew 1:18), according to prophetic statements. (Matthew 1:22). He was a son. (Matthew 1:25; Luke 2:7; Matthew 2:11-15; Hosea 11:1). Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judah, the city of David (Like 2:4, 11, 15; Micah 5:2), and placed in a manger, a food trough (Luke 2:7). He was Mary’s firstborn. (Luke 2:7). He was called Jesus as instructed. (Luke 1:31; Matthew 1:21). Jesus was Emmanuel, God with us. (Matthew 1:23). Joseph was “supposed”, considered or thought (Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, W. E. Vine, Volume 4, page 95) to be the father of Jesus (Luke 3:23); however, Deity was His father. (Luke 1:35; Matthew 1:18, 20). He was born during the days of Herod the king, that is, Herod the Great. (Matthew 2:1). The exact year, month and date of the birth of Christ are not given. The date of Christ’s birth, and the worship of Him as is done in many religions is without Biblical authority.
Fourth, the birth of Jesus the Christ was announced to the shepherds by an angel from the Lord. (Luke 2:8-15). Jesus was born to save His people from their sins. (Luke 2:11; Matthew 1:21). His birth is but one of many Christian evidences; what hundreds of years prophecy had predicted came to pass exactly as prophesied. (Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 7:14).
Fifth, this virgin born Son was called or described in a number of ways. He was called Jesus (Matthew 1:21, 25), Emmanuel, or God with us (Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 7:14; 1 Timothy 3:16), Son of the Highest (Luke 1:32), Son of God (Hosea 1:1, 6, 11; Matthew 2:15), Son of man (Matthew 11:19), Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8), Christ (Matthew 2:4), The Word or Word of life (John 1:1-3; 1 John 1:1; 5:7), Lamb or Lamb of God (John 1:29; Revelation 5:6, 12, 13), good shepherd (John 10:14), chief shepherd (1 Peter 5:4), Savior (Luke 2:11), Lord (Luke 2:11), Messiah (John 1:41), Nazarene (Matthew 2:23), Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), Deliverer or Redeemer (Romans 11:26; 3:24; Ephesians 1:17; Isaiah 59:20). Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6). The list goes on.
Sixth, consider other things related to the birth of Christ. He grew in wisdom, stature, favor with God and favor with man. (Luke 2:52). He is Prophet (Acts 3:22, 23; 7:37), Priest (Hebrews 2:17; 3:1; 4:14), and King. (Acts 18:9; 19:19; Revelation 17:14; 19:16). Jesus will judge us. (2 Timothy 4:1; Acts 17:30, 31). The Christ died for our sins, shedding His precious blood (Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Peter 1:18, 19; John 3:16). He was born to save His people from their sins. (Luke 2:11; 2 Peter 3:9). Though He was crucified by the wicked mob, He willingly lovingly laid His life down. (John 110:15-18; 15:13). Jesus was declared to be the Son of God with power by His resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4; 1 Corinthians 15:1-22).
The announcement of the birth of Jesus caused John to leap in Mary’s womb. (Luke 1:41, 44). This great news should cause all who understand this great event to rejoice. Those who are not Christians should immediately believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (John 8:24; Acts 8:37), repent of sins (Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 3:19), confess Jesus as God’s only begotten Son (Acts 8:37; John 3:16), and be buried in water baptism (Acts 8:38, 39; Roman 6:3-5) for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38), to enter Christ (Galatians 3:26, 27) and His church (1 Corinthians 12:13). The saved should determine to be stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, determined to be faithful unto death. (Revelation 2:10). The unfaithful should resolve to return to Jesus. (Revelation 2:4, 5; Acts 8:22-24; James 5:16). Be like the shepherds who went to see the newborn babe, rejoice. (Luke 2:17-20). Be like the wise men who went whatever distance was necessary to see and worship the newly born babe.