As we thankfully leave 2020 in the dust and anticipate the dawn of a new year, I would like to wish the Lord Jesus a happy birthday! It wouldn’t make much sense wishing him a Merry Christmas, would it?
It makes sense to wish each other a Merry Christmas simply for the fact that it isn’t our birthday, but we’re merely celebrating it. But to the Lord, It’s “Happy Birthday Jesus.”
I am well aware of the occultic roots behind all of the holiday traditions and am also aware that December 25th was most likely not the literal day of the Lord’s birth. But we know he was born, and despite all of the extra baggage that has been piled upon the shoulders of this holiday, December 25th is as good a day as any to appreciate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
But there is something that I’d like to bring up that might help us to gain a better appreciation, as to why the Birth of Jesus is just as significant to the Father, as the crucifixion of Jesus is significant to us.
The Father’s Take on the Birth of Christ Jesus
I think that it’s a form of conditioning, really. We tend to think about the birth of Jesus similar to what we’d see in a nativity scene. There’s nothing at all wrong with that, as most of the time those scenes are created with a biblical center. In other words, we can see that particular scene depicted in scriptures.
However, there is a layer of reality that doesn’t get addressed often enough around this time of year concerning the birth of Jesus. That layer of reality is: What about the Father? What was that day like for Him?
Nobody knows better than the Father, how wicked and twisted the world and people at large truly are. Yet he sent his Son that day.
Nobody knows better than the Father, what Jesus was going to have to go through from the day of his birth to the day of his crucifixion. Yet he sent his Son that day.
Nobody knew better than the Father, how many times Jesus would be forsaken by his friends and be the focal point of danger all around. Yet he sent his Son that day.
And ultimately, nobody knew better than the Father, that a time will come when He wouldn’t stand to behold his Son, due to the sins of man placed upon Him, forcing the Father to forsake Him- even if it was for a short time. Even still, he sent his Son that day.
No Greater Love
The birth of the Lord Jesus Christ is a profound showing of the Father’s love for his creation, giving unto the world that which was most dear to him. Simultaneously, it exposes an act of obedience on the part of Christ Jesus that remains unparalleled, to leave his throne and share the Father’s heart’s desire- despite what he’d have to go through to see it through.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
The ball began rolling as soon as Jesus was born. The Father knew it, and yet loved us all enough to give us his only begotten Son as a sacrificial lamb in our stead. Tasting death, and paying the penalty of our sin so that we won’t have to. This began on the day of the Lord’s birth and was finished on the cross.
10 And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
When Jesus, therefore, had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished:” and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
An Eternal Father
I tend to believe that we often don’t appreciate the Father’s heart during the birth of Christ due to the celebrating angelic host such as those in the scripture above. Or, perhaps we don’t mentally go there because the crucifixion of Jesus came over thirty years after his birth.
Thirty (or thirty-three) years is quite a haul down the road from our point of view. It is long enough for us to kind of become removed from the day of the birth of Jesus. This is particularly true when we begin to be introduced to his ministry, and all of his works after coming of age.
But we’re shortsighted, forgetful humans that tend to think that thirty years is a long time. Don’t get me wrong, that is quite a while. But what’re thirty years from the Father’s perspective?
Our Heavenly Father is an eternal being, who resides in eternity- outside of time. That thirty years is simply a drop in the bucket as far as the Lord is concerned. In fact, his whole perception of time isn’t anything like ours at all. The Lord gave me a bit of a revelation about this several years ago, and I recorded it in a post called, “God and Time- A Revelation.“
From the Father’s point of view, his child was about to be crucified shortly after being brought into the world.
I wasn’t there, nor is it recorded. But I strongly believe that the Father was not rejoicing on the day of Jesus’ birth, but was more likely doing just the opposite. Everybody in all of creation- both Heaven and earth had cause to rejoice over the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, save the Father who just cut loose his only begotten Son.
From a different point of view, how many parents would be celebrating and rejoicing to send their child off to war that has no other outcome than the death of that child? Nobody would. Nor, do I believe, did the Father that day.
So, why do I bring all of this up? Am I trying to bring everyone down in spirit for the holiday? Not in the least.
I’d only like to bring these things to your attention, so that as you rejoice over the birth of our Lord and Savior, that you would also bring unto the Father his due respect, love, praise, and thanksgiving, for being the one who made such a consequential and difficult sacrifice on our behalf. That sacrifice began the day of the birth of Christ and finished after the cross of Calvary.
May the Father be magnified and praised from sea to sea and in every land in Jesus mighty name! Happy birthday Jesus, thank you, Father, and Merry Christmas to all!
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