Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Born of God

(Luke 1:35 NIV)  ""The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God."

(Matthew 1:20 NIV) "what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit."

(Matthew 1:23 NIV) "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" --which means, "God with us."

(John 1:34 NIV) “I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”

(Luke 22:70 NIV) “They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You are right in saying I am.”

(Colossians 2:9 NIV)  "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form…"

(John 1:14 NIV) "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us."

It’s ironic, and not mentioned much in church circles, but Christianity has its roots in a sex scandal. That’s right… Mary got pregnant before she and Joseph were married. She conceived a child out of wedlock.

Furthermore, Mary said she conceived without having sexual relations with any man. She said an angel told her that the child growing inside her would have no human father, but would be “born of God”. This was her story. Try that line today and see how far it gets you. Surely the gossip mill was hot and heavy in Nazareth.

One of the great mysteries and truths of Christmas is that Jesus did not have a human father. Jesus is the Son of God… God incarnate… God in flesh. Jesus was “born of God”.

If Jesus would have had a human father, he could not have been the perfect sacrifice for all mankind, because he would have been born with sin. But Jesus was indeed born of God and so He can be the sinless and perfect Lamb of God. Only a Savior “born of God” can save us.

So what started as a sex scandal became the most holy and blessed event ever to happen on the face of the earth. On that holy night in Bethlehem, Jesus was “born of God”. Merry Christmas!

And here’s the bonus... the greatest Christmas gift ever given: because Jesus was born of God, we can be born of God too.

(John 1:12-13 NIV) "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- {13} children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God."

All of us were born of human decision once. We all had human fathers. We had nothing to do with the decision to be born. But now, if we will receive Christ as Lord and Savior, we can be born of God… born again… born of the Spirit. This birth we choose. We either say yes or no to it.  

To be born of God we must believe God. When God comes to us in the night… or during that bad trip… or just before that surgery… or during that church service… and says he wants to be born in us, we have to decide whether or not to believe God. Some of you may be in the process of making that decision today.  

We must receive Jesus. He has come to us. We must make room at our "inn". We have to choose to let Jesus be born in our lives.

(1 Timothy 1:16 NIV) "I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life."

The whole nativity and life of Christ are metaphors for this choice we have. There was no room in the inn for Christ to be born. He came to his own but they would not receive him. He was despised and rejected.

We all have a choice to make. It’s a “yes or no” question. Jesus was born of God. Will you be born of God? Will you be born from above? Will you be born again? Yes or no? It’s that simple.

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