Written by: Tim Wood
What we say about Jesus is what we believe about Jesus. One day at Caesarea Philippi Jesus asked his followers, “Who do people say the Son of Man is? Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:13 ff). Many of our Christmas hymns address this question as well – “Who is He in yonder stall, at whose feet the shepherds fall?” William Dix wrote, “What child is this (Luke 1:66), who laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping?” It’s very important that we have laser focus on who Jesus is, especially at Christmas time. One of the best places to examine this question is to look at Hebrews 1:1-4.
1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
The writer of Hebrews gives us three realities concerning the Christ Child. 1) He created and controls the universe. Not only did He create it, He sustains it by His powerful word. Think about that – the baby in the manger is the maker and the master of the universe. 2) He is God. Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being. 3) He is salvation for all mankind. He provided purification for sins and he is sitting at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
What Child is this? He is the Creator God who came to forgive us of our sins! So, how should we respond? William Dix answers this question beautifully. So bring him gold, incense, myrrh, come peasant, king to own him. The King of kings salvation brings let loving hearts enthrone him. This, this is Christ the king whom shepherds guard and angels sing. Haste, haste to bring him laud the babe the son of Mary.