The birth of Christ took place in the manner described in Matthew 1:20 “to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet” in Isaiah 7:14. The virgin did give birth to a son and did name him Immanuel. God had come and was with them. Not only was he with them, but his kingdom will never end (Lk 1:33) so this means he is with us too. Immanuel, God with us.
During the Christmas season, we focus attention on the birth of Christ so the world might know that God used what was foolish to shame the wise. He chose to use a child born not into royalty, but in a lowly manner to save the world. The Angels proclaimed his birth, the prophets foretold it, and heaven & earth rejoiced at its coming. God had fulfilled his promise to send the seed of the women who would crush the head of the serpent. The one who would fulfill the law perfectly and be the righteousness of God for us had come. This one, the Messiah, would be in the lineage of David, born in Bethlehem, and would sit on his father’s throne forever. Prophecy fulfilled perfectly is what we find at the manger. History proves out God’s faithfulness and our view into the Old Testament through the light of Christ reveals the wonderful story of redemption that was hidden to previous generations.
Christmas is a time to rejoice in fulfillment. It is a time to reflect on the rest found in the Christ child. It is also a time to look forward with hope expectantly awaiting the day he “will come in the same way” as the Apostles saw him leave in the ascension. We look back upon the birth of Jesus, and this reminds us to look forward to see our rebirth finally and fully revealed in his coming again. God wrote the back story to strengthen our faith in what He is bringing forth!