The Eternal God of Christmas

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas! I have been trying to write about Christmas for a couple of weeks now, and honestly, I’ve struggled with it. Christmas and it’s grand story is too big to fit into one post properly; it’s too important and reverent to be sappy with it’s narrative; and there are too many misconceptions and false-truths to be careless with it’s account. So I decided to write 12 short posts, one for each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas. You’re not going to find turtle doves nor a partridge in a pear tree, but you might just find something more valuable. I’d love for you to follow along with me.

10th Day of Christmas – The Eternal God.

Last time, we learned that Jesus was not just a babe in a manger. He was no ordinary baby, but God Himself.

Since the baby, Jesus, is God, it’s significant to recognize that Jesus did not begin His existence on the day of His miraculous conception in Mary’s womb. He always existed from eternity past, as Scripture tells us:

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

“For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; ‘I dwell in the high and holy place…’ ” Isaiah 57:15

“But to the Son He says: ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever…..'” Hebrews 1:8

J.C. Ryle explains it best in his commentary on John 1:1-6:

” St. John tells us that ‘in the beginning was the Word.’ (John 1:1) He did not begin to exist when the heavens and the earth were made. Much less did he begin to exist when the gospel was brought into the world. He had glory with the Father ‘before the world was’ (John 17:5). He was existing when matter was first created, and before time began. He was ‘before all things’ (Col. 1:17). He was from all eternity.”

Though the Son did not manifest Himself in the flesh until the time He was born in a manger, He always existed with the Father. He was with God before time began:

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.” Micah 5:2

“He was in the beginning with God.” John 1:2

Time, as we know it, began with creation. Jesus, the Son of God, the second in the Trinity, with God and as God, created time, and sustains it’s days, years, and seasons through the sun, moon and stars (Gen. 1:14). Yet He existed forever before time was created. Jesus stands, from everlasting to everlasting, outside of time.

12. He is our hope.

11. He is not just a babe in a manger – He holds our heart beat and life in His hands as Almighty God.

10. He existed in eternity past before He was born a babe in a manger. He is the Eternal Son of God.

It matters that we know this.

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