(A Christmas Study)
Ancient Nortonian Proverb #256: The Son of God was born the Son of Man so that any son of man might become a son of God.
Ancient Nortonian Proverbs II #5: Just a couple of questions: Where would you be if Jesus had not been born; and, where should you be because He was?
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his governmentand peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
The child born was Jesus (Savior), son of Mary. The Son given was Emmanuel (God is with us), Son of God. The birth of this Last Adam (God and man in singular flesh) would introduce into the first Adam's world (kosmos – orderly arrangement) another world of like kind wherein we may sit together in ever-increasing peace, rest and authority (heavenly places; Eph 1;3; Eph 1:20; Eph 2;6; Eph 3:10; Eph 6:11-13 “high”- same Greek word as heavenly), a world invisible to the natural eye, but made manifestly clear to the eyes of those receiving understanding through Christ unto saving faith in its reality and promise (Jn 3:3; Eph 1:15-23).
Say it simply: there really is another world right here, right now, and it is available for habitation right now because Jesus was born into the same fallen world we dwelt in before we were born again (Luke 17:20-21).
When I was born again, my eyes were opened (Jn 3:3), the darkness lifted, the shadows were illuminated (1 Pet 2:9-10) and everything around me became much more in focus and clear. It was as if I were in another world while at once remaining in this one. And, in effect, I was, and, I still am . Jesus had for me made all things new (2 Cor 5:16-20)!
Jesus' birth changed the first Adam's world like nothing or no other ever did, or, ever could: He created another, a right here right now world, a paralleling world, a world available to all who would believe in Him, all this without taking them out of this present fallen environment (Jn 17:14-16).
Jesus of Nazareth could accomplish this for every believer for His birth was altogether supernatural, finding origin in four divinely chosen seeds, three seeds of humanity assigned the name “Jesus” (Savior) and one seed of divinity assigned the name Emmanuel (God is with us; Matt 1:21-23):
In Matthew Jesus is born the Seed of David. He is the King of Kings and has the face of the Lion.
In Mark Jesus is born the Seed of Abraham. He is the Servant of God and man, the Great High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. He is the Lord of Lords, and has the face of the Ox.
In Luke Jesus is born the Son of man, the Seed of the woman. He is the Last Adam, the Progenitor of a new species of humankind and has the face of the New Creation Man.
In John the Lord Jesus Christ (Emmanuel) is manifested as the only begotten Son of God. He is the Creator of all things made new to the believing soul: a New World Order; a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; the Kingdom of the Almighty God. He has the face of the Eagle. He sees the world, the kosmos, from the perspective of the Eagle in flight and opens the eyes of the believer to see it all as He does.
Say it yet again: Jesus' birth changed this fallen world for those who will believe on Him. Being born again their eyes are opened to see beyond its faded glory. They will comprehend and apprehend it all as a new world unto themselves. They will occupy the Heavenly Places, the now Kindgom of God, the “Beautiful for Situation” (Ps 48:1-2) till that hour when the necessary increment of increase of His government and peace is reached, and that which has been visible only to the few is fully revealed to all: the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ (Rev 11:15).
Pastor Bobby Norton
Dec 22, 2019