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Matthew 1:21 She Shall Bring Forth A Son

Posted by adventbiblestudy on August 31, 2011


Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

This was a major event in the plan of salvation. God took His Son, Jesus from His trone in Heaven, changed Him into a few cells, placed Him inside of Mary, and just like everyone else on this planet breathed the breath of life into Him.  “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7)

What did Heaven think when they learned this was God’s plan to save this fallen world from sin?  They had already seen Satan deceive Adam and Eve in the garden.  Both of them, created in the image of God, “and they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.”  (Genesis 3:8)   Both were perfectly equipped to resist temptation, but still fell.  So God placed His son, as a defenseless collection of growing cells, in a world Satan had dominated for four thousand years, perfecting his deceptions through, pain, sorrow, disease, greed, fear, torture, and death.  “The huge dragon was thrown out—that ancient serpent, named the Devil, or Satan, that deceived the whole world.  He was thrown down to earth, and all his angels with him. (Revelation 12:9)

It is difficult to imagine anyone exchanging a throne for a world of poverty, pain, suffering, and death on the cross.  Picture in your mind all the splendors of Heaven, perfect peace, endless love, joy, and comfort.  Imagine having such an intense desire to serve, and the willingness to give up everything Heaven offers, in exchange for a new life in a world so different, primitive, and caught up in sin, which was once destroyed.

When God, creator of the universe, who all Heaven and earth owed their lives to placed Jesus inside Mary, it was the crowning achievement of His creative abilities.  One would think the tallest mountain, endless sky, largest sun, continuous expanse of the universe, the almost endless varieties of fish, birds, insects, animals, or man and his wife may have been God’s supreme moment, but they could not compare to God’s utmost act of creation when He transformed His Son into a minute collection of living, growing cells. This is something only God could have accomplished.  “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible.” (Colossians 1:16)  Placing His son in this vulnerable state is not only the supreme illustration of God’s power, it also shows the trust we need to have in Him.  Against all odds, God trusted His plan of redemption.  This was the only way for God to show the universe, it could be done.  “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world.” (1 Peter 1:20)

Satan’s claim was that one could follow the law.  He worked day and night ensuring every being on the planet fell to sin as often as he could tempt them.  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8).  Satan wanted to show the universe, choosing sin was a freedom man desired.  This is why God sent His Son Jesus as a harmless baby to face Satan, “the dragon which stood before the woman and was ready to devour her child as soon as it was born.” (Revelation 12:4)  One tiny innocent baby against the one third of Heaven cast down to earth, and all the temptations they could hurl at Him.  God’s plan, the perfect example of His power, mercy, judgment and sacrifice.  Jesus was the perfect example of His, and God’s love for this fallen world.  The only way to deliver His people from this world of sin was to offer the perfect sacrifice.  “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:15-17)

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