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The Profit of Christ’s Birth to Us

We will never know completely the ruin that sin wrought, in Heaven and on earth, and amongst the children of men. Ever since it first made its appearance, it has brought untold woe, by the separations it has brought about. Separation between heaven and earth; separation between God and man; and separation between man and his fellow-man. These are but a few of the things that are now severed by the operation of the power of sin.

But God, in His mercy, was pleased to perform an act of love, the deepest love, for sinners. Desirous of reconciling man unto Himself, by the death of His Son, God saw that the redemption He was about to perform will unite heaven and earth once again, and will bring about the restoration of the highest happiness for man. To do all this, God became flesh. What an act of condescension!

I conceive of the profit of Christ’s birth to us, to be two-fold; it is a profit that is both redemptive and revelational.

Let us consider, first, that the Lord’s birth was redemptive. We’ll follow the line of thought suggested by the thirty-sixth question and answer of Lord’s Day Fourteen. The Lord’s birth, in the human nature, was God’s proof that Jesus was truly the Mediator. Remember how the Heidelberg Catechism pointed out the necessity of Jesus being both truly God and truly man? (Q. 8) Such a Mediator was the Lord Jesus. He was truly a glorious Mediator. All the requirements, to be a Mediator, He filled. Not one was lacking. Assuming our human nature, and being made like unto us in everything, sin excepted, Jesus was man, and yet remained God. All through His suffering, too. Never would He descend into the depths of our sin, and trespass against God’s laws. Personally, He was always free from sin, and its subsequent guilt, even in our nature, and yet He remained God.

Such a Mediator and Saviour we need. As to our birth, we are conceived and born in sin. From the day of our birth we sin, and until the day of our death we sin. Our guilt is imputed and our corruption we have inherited.

On the other hand, the Saviour was conceived and born in innocence and holiness. No sinfulness did He inherit; no guilt of His own did He inherit or incur. Fully desirous of doing God’s will to be Mediator and Saviour, He came from Heaven’s glory to take upon Himself our nature, and in this way to stand between God and us, and between God and our children, to cover the sins of all His own by the one sacrifice of Himself.

So you see, the birth of Jesus was an integral part of His redemptive work. It was the beginning of the great sacrifice He came to offer.

Nor was this all. The way for the rest of the Mediatorial work of Christ was paved by His birth. The one is as vitally connected to the other as night is to day. Had there been no birth, there would have been no Calvary.

In the second place, the profit of Christ’s birth to us was revelational. His lowly birth revealed God’s faithfulness. Long years before, God had given a promise of a coming Redeemer, who would ransom His people from sin’s captivity into the glorious liberty of being free-born men. Further, this Redeemer would come as a King to sit upon David’s throne forever. Not upon the throne of an earthly Jerusalem, but upon Heaven’s throne in glory. This promise, of the sending of a Redeemer-King, God would finally make a reality.

Consequently, the Saviour’s birth was the beginning of the making of God’s promise a reality. Jesus came as the Son of David, in the highest sense, and clothed with Heaven’s royalty. In the coming of Christ, God’s great faithfulness to His promise finally came to pass. Never did He allow His promise to fail to materialize. With joy, we can sing, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” to celebrate God’s remembrance.

Further, the birth of Christ was a revelation of the hidden dignity of the divine. His — Jesus’ — supreme power and Godhead was hidden to view by His humiliation.

Just think of it. Jesus was born a King in a stable in Bethlehem! From all eternity He was anointed to be Israel’s King, and the King of all nations of the earth. He was the King clothed with all the authority of Heaven and of earth. Yet He came as a helpless and innocent Babe. What a coming for such a King. Who would have thought that such would ever come to pass?

But wait. His glory lay hidden. The Redeemer-King has come. But He has come in humiliation. Not in outward splendor, and with regal pomp: but in deepest humility, and in profound obedience.

To see this, requires spiritual eyes. To believe this, requires humble hearts. Such eyes and hearts had Joseph and Mary, by grace; and the shepherds, and the wise men from the East. Old Simeon, too. Such was the case then; it is true now. To see this is the greatest profit for your soul. How can we understand? Only believe. God’s grace is sufficient.