Matthew 1:18 — This is How The Messiah Was Born — Think About It, The Messiah Was Born…Like You and Me…But Yet He’s God, Whoa!

Posted: August 20, 2015 in Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 1:18-25 — Sometimes as humans, we get into habits of doing things and just do them robotically. Like my morning shower, shave, get dressed routine is so ingrained in my habits that I do not really remember if I shaved sometimes. Autopilot is in control first thing in the morning. I think sometimes we get that way about Scripture readings that we have heard over and over through the years. We have read the Christmas story from Scripture many, many times in our lives. Yet, we really do not take time to take notice of this first sentence in Matthew 1:18. It says, “This is how the Messiah was born.” Have you really thought about what it means.

Have you considered what this statement means in light of who Jesus is. We believe that Jesus has existed in eternity since before time began in the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus is one and the same in the triune God. He is part of the Godhead. He is God. But Jesus was born. Birth. It is the final stage of the human reproductive cycle. It is the result of fertilization of the female egg by the male. The miracle of life occurs in that spark of conception. A child develops in the mother’s womb. Then when the proper time comes, the child is expelled from the mother’s womb in the process we call birth. Jesus was born. But He was God. He already existed. This is the mystery of the birth of Jesus Christ. A pre-existing God puts Himself through this whole process to bring about the culmination of His plan for mankind.

Why did God choose to come in this manner. Couldn’t he have just appeared one day out of the blue as fully grown Jesus? Why did God choose to become as a child in the womb of a poor peasant girl in Roman occupied Palestine in what we know now to be shortly before the beginning of the first century in our current time reckoning system? What is the theologically sound reason for God doing this? The Jewish expectation was that the Messiah would just appear as the ultimate military commander. He would arrive on horseback with his sword at the ready crying out for the redemption and restoration of Israel to her rightful place as God’s nation on earth. But God choose to come to earth in the normal human way. As Dr. David Jeremiah says at in his article, Why Did Jesus Come as A Baby,

“…here was a baby – just a baby. Joseph and Mary had to admit that here was a baby who seemed, at first glance, like any other newborn child. He cried in the middle of the night. He hungered for milk. He needed fresh ‘swaddling clothes’ every now and then. If this was just an ordinary child like cousin Elizabeth’s new addition, how could he be ‘one whose origins are from the deep past,’ as the prophet had insisted? How could an infant be the Son of God?”

It had to be this way. If Jesus just appeared and did his ministry and got on the cross, He would have just been a deity popping into our lives and then popping out. Jesus came to earth as a child so that He could be both man and God at the same time. His deity as God means that His sacrifice has the power to save us from our sins as being the culmination of His own sacrificial system for sin that He taught his people at Sinai. His humanity means that he truly suffered on the cross on our behalf. He died a real death. He suffered on the cross.

He is God and man at the same time. This is essential for us as believers. Because Jesus is God, death did not defeat Him. It means that he defeated death and sin with His resurrection. Because Jesus is God, He is more than just some prophet. Because Jesus is God, we can put our full faith and trust in Him and what He says. Because Jesus is God, He is the only way to Heaven. Because Jesus is God, He is the only perfect man who ever lived and it is in His perfection that He is able to be our substitutionary sacrifice for sin. Because He is God, He can define that the purpose of his death was to finish the sacrificial system for sins once and for all. No other sacrifice can be the permanent, final, once and for all sacrifice other than God Himself. Because Jesus is God, His words are truth and His words are eternal. We can trust that in a world in which earthly truths change will the political winds.

Because Jesus was born as a child and grow into a man who eventually died on the cross, He knows everything about the human existence. He knows its temptations (yet He did not succumb to them as we do). He knows its joys. He knows its sorrows. He knows what its like to be a baby. He knows what it is like to be a toddler. He knows what is like to be a little kid. He knows what its like to be a tweener. He knows what it is like to be a pre-teen. He knows what its like to be the original millenial generation. He knows what it’s like to be a teenager. He knows what it’s like to be a 20-something. He knows what it is like to be a man. He knows human pain (boy does He ever by dying on the cross – one of the most excruciatingly painful deaths known to man). He knows the joys of family and the sorrows of the same. He knows the joys of weddings and the sadness of funerals. He knows of playing games with friends as a child. He knows of laughing so hard that your sides feel like they are splitting. He knows of trying to make your parents proud. He knows having brothers and sisters that test your patience. He knows of having brothers and sisters who are they for you when you need them. He knows of working for a living. He knows of seeing people that live lavish lifestyles while you are a peasant. He knows of school work and studying. He knows. He knows our human experience from the ground floor up. When you think Jesus can’t possibly understand what you are going through. Think again. It had to be this way. It is essential.

This is how the Messiah was born. Think about it. God and man. Not just God appearing and disappearing. God and man. Living the life that we live. Born in the way that we are born. This is how the Messiah was born. It makes me love my Savior even more in that I know that He knows my existence because He Himself became God in the flesh and walked among us. Immanuel. God with us. This is how my Messiah was born.


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