“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen” Psalm 41:13
In one brief instant on May 31 in 1996, I was forever changed. I became Edward A. Blonski, Senior when our first son was born. I would also forever be known as a father, as dad.
It only took an instant but it changed my life forever.
While Christmas is about a birth and births are about “beginnings” there is a major difference between Jesus’ birth and all others – Jesus is actually eternal!
Jesus was born just like virtually countless other boys and girls before him and since. Yet, his birth was different in several different ways and unique in one way.
It was different in that his birth was prophesied to take place.
The first recorded prophecy was in Genesis 3:15. And there would be others throughout two thousand-plus years leading up to his birth.
But his birth was not the only one prophesied to take place. John the Baptist’s was. The first Immanuel was (the prophesy in Isaiah 7:14 is thought by many scholars to have been fulfilled during Ahaz’s lifetime as well as fulfilled in Jesus).
It was different in that he was not born in a castle or in a city or even in a hospital. He was born in a little village in a place where animals were kept. But even that didn’t make his birth unique – just different that most of us.
What made Jesus’ birth unique was that he was not only a human. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary’s womb and therefore was also God.
Jesus was the only God-Man. And he was the only God-Man.
So while he had a beginning in his humanity with his conception and birth, he is also eternal because he is God and God has no beginning or end.
And this birth that was a beginning yet also everlasting changes you and I forever.
That’s the whole point of Christmas – a change that has everlasting ramifications.
Jesus became a human being – while still being fully God but not fully using his divine powers – in order to save us from our sins. In our sins, we are lost and condemned.
We would remain that way forever if not saved. So Jesus was born to be our Savior and with his death he destroyed death.
As Isaiah 53:4-5 says, “Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
Jesus took the penalty of our sins and God forgives us. In this forgiveness, God restores us to what we were created to be in the Garden of Eden – perfect, in a loving relationship with God that would be everlasting.
So while we are at the beginning of a new year, we are part of something that is everlasting.
If we believe Jesus Christ is our Savior, we have a life that is everlasting. I don’t mean we won’t die. Most of us most likely will.
But Jesus’ death forever changed our death – into a transition from this earthly life to everlasting life in heaven with Christ forever.
Our second word worth remembering in this New Year is everlasting.
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