What manner of child is this? What origin does this child have? What purpose will this child fulfill? What solidarity with humanity does this child have? What difference for the future of the world will this child make? What attraction or reaction does this child provoke?
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given
2. 2. What origin does this child have? (Parentage)
Luke 1:35 And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy — the Son of God.
1 John 3:5 You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him is no sin.
3. 3. What purpose will this child fulfill? (Destiny)
Luke 2:29-32 "Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel."
Matthew 1:20 "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."
Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
1 John 3:8b The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
The Bible in Five Words Creation Curse Cure Consecration Consummation
Titus 2:13-14 …waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
4. 4. What solidarity with humanity does this child have? (Representative)
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
5. 5. What difference for the future of the world will this child make? (Rulership)
Isaiah 9:6 …and the government shall be upon his shoulder
Luke 1:32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
6. 6. What attraction or reaction does this child provoke? (Response)
Luke 2:34-35 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
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