Yes I know the world, or more specific the Christian world, has the birth of Immanuel (God with us) - the Messiah Christ, in the WRONG MONTH in the wrong time of the year. But let's put all that to one side for a moment.
Tonight on CBC TV they had a new "Nativity" film - it must have been British for some of the accents were English/British. We'll put that to one side also. The story of the nativity of Jesus was done with a down to earth, relaxed manner, with the usual ending of the shepherds and the three "wise men" coming to the stable shortly after the birth. Yes the chronology with the wise men from the east was way off, but again we'll put that to one side also.
They did bring out the fact that Mary could have been about 16 years old when she gave birth to Jesus, so someone had done a little study into Jewish life in the first century A.D. It was the norm to move into being an adult at age 12, remember Jesus staying at the Temple and conversing with the Rabbis at the Passover of the family, mentioned in the Gospels. So indeed as Jesus said, He needed to be about His Father's business - 12 years old put you into a young adult reckoning. Some have even thought Mary could have been younger than 16 when she gave birth to Jesus.
As I said the movie was done very down-to-earth and you really did feel the humanity of it all. So I did enjoy it from that point of view.
What really hit me was at the end when you saw Mary holding a baby - looked indeed like a real baby, not some fake doll baby. We too often probably just don't stop to really let it sink in that a member of the very Godhead BECAME a physical baby just like any other baby as far as looks are concerned. But this was no ordinary baby - this was Immanuel - God with us! That Godhead member was willing to give up eternity, put aside His glory, and was willing to take on all that is human.
As those shepherds and wise men bowed in worship before God in the flesh, yes they really did (as we must do) look at and believe that little baby was the Messiah - God in the flesh - He was that promised to come Messiah and be the Savior of mankind - the One who because He was God in the flesh, could take the sins of everyone who had or will live on this earth, when they acknowledge they are sinners, REPENT of sin, and accept Christ Jesus as PERSONAL Savior.
It truly must have been....well words fail me, to have lived and seen God in the flesh, from a baby to a child to a man. What a time in history to have lived in the Holy Land during the physical life of the promised Messiah. It was prophecy in reality, happening around you.
There are so many points of that life and history you could think about. The Samaritan woman at the well, that finally realized WHO she was talking to, and then the people of her town who realized it for themselves (they told her not just because she said so) - realized this was the Messiah, the Savior - Immanuel - God with us.
Well you can recall other people and events in the Gospels - the old man and old lady in the Temple when Joseph and Mary brought the God baby to be circumcised. They realized they were truly blessed to literally see this wonderful prophecy of old fulfilled before their eyes, before they would sleep in death.
Well friends YOU are living also in days where prophecy is being fulfilled before your eyes. I have expounded all the Bible prophets on my website (keithhunt.com) and in my book that should be out in the first part of 2011. You are living right now to see the forming of the last resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire in Europe. This power with a woman church that will ride it, is moving along to fulfill end of this age prophecy. This Europe Beast power will one day rule the Western world; it will be responsible in bringing the GREATEST tribulation and destruction on the human race that mankind has ever seen. YOU are living in the time when the book of Revelation is very near to coming on this earth.
And some of YOU could be living to SEE with your eyes the very COMING of the Lord again to this earth - this time coming not as a baby, but as God in POWER and GLORY and MIGHT! He will come and save the world from obliterating itself and killing off every single person on earth. He will come and fulfill the prophecies of His glorious coming and reigning as King of kings and Lord of lord; establishing the Kingdom of God on earth for the first 1,000 years. Then handing over that Kingdom to God the Father at the making of the NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH, when God the Father comes down from heaven to live with His children, and to make the new earth the headquarters of the universe (Revelation chapters 19-22).
Yes great and mighty prophecies are to come again to this planet. YOU may have the blessing of seeing them fulfilled before your eyes.
It should all HUMBLE you and desire you to worship God in spirit and in truth.