Sunday, December 09, 2007

Some Christmas Themes in the Old Testament


The essence of Christmas is not found in all our traditions and decorations as such. For the Christian believer the essence of Christmas is found in the words of Matthew 1:18-25

  1. Jesus: “…for He will save His people from their sins.”

  2. Immanuel: “…which means, God with us.”

God has come into human history by taking on the form of humanity. His purpose in doing so was to bring redemption to a fallen world. This did not happen all of a sudden, just out of the blue. It was anticipated early in the Story of the history of redemption.

  • 1. The seed

    • Genesis 3: 15 – The retribution of the woman’s seed…

    • Genesis 5:29 - The naming of Noah “Rest”- bringing comfort from the curse…

  • Genesis 22:18 – The promise: Abraham’s seed to be a blessing to all humanity.

  • 1 Chronicles 17:11-14 – The promise to David

  • 2. Messiah as Immanuel

    • Isaiah 7:11. The name of the virgin’s child, Immanuel – God with us.

    • Isaiah 9:4-7

      • Humanity: A child is born

      • Deity:

        1. Wonderful Counselor
        2. Mighty God
        3. Everlasting Father (Picture of the King as being a father to his people.)
        4. Prince of Peace

      • Verse 7 - This child is the one who will fulfill the promise made to David.

    God has been and is working in time and space; (history). We have not been left to ourselves. The God/Man whose name is Immanuel is indeed with His people; all who have trusted and placed their faith in Him. The Christmas story is a critical chapter in that larger Story whose final chapter is yet to be realized.

    {These notes are from a recent Adult Sunday School class I taught.
    ~ The Billy Goat ~}