Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | December 22, 2022

Remembering the First Advent with a Celebration We Call Christmas!

A Momentous Change was Being Put in Place at the Time of the First Advent!

The exact date of the First Advent is unknown; Biblical scholars believe it took place in the winter of 5-4 BC. The birth of a baby in a stable in Bethlehem would hardly have any impact in the centers of world power; no historians or governmental authorities would carefully note such an event in the historic records of the nation!

Regardless of the humble nature of the birth of Jesus Christ, God was putting into place a plan that would change humanity forever. God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, would take on human form and be born of a virgin girl by the power of God, the Holy Spirit.

A totally unique person was brought into existence, undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever; a unique person for a totally unique assignment! The nature of this assignment is revealed in Romans 5:6-11 where it is written:

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

The First Advent happened at “just the right time” every detail of the First Advent was scheduled in eternity past and many details had been revealed to the Old Testament prophets; nothing was left to chance! Christ took on human form that he might die for the ungodly!

As the Last Adam from heaven, Jesus Christ had to pay the penalty incurred for all mankind when the First Adam disobeyed a direct command from God. In 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 it is written:

45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.”

This Age of God’s Grace

The First Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ initiated events which resulted in this Age of Grace in which we now live. God’s offer of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior is still in full effect. This age will close when the True Church is called home. I encourage you to accept God’s offer while the doors of the True Church are still open to all who will receive Jesus Christ as Savior!


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