Lesson 10 | Click here to print a PDF copy of this lesson.
“Looking for the Blessed Hope and glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:13 (NKJV). At the Christmas season the Christian world celebrates the coming of Jesus as a baby to a manger in Bethlehem. Only a few shepherds in Judea and some wise men from the East were present to greet Him and rejoice at his marvelous birth. He was to be called Immanuel, God with us, yet generations have failed to grasp the magnitude of this event. The prophet declared, “for unto us a child is born…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6).
The biblical record gives a sad commentary about the world into which Jesus was born. “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.” (John 1:10-11). How is it possible that those who knew the Messianic Prophecies missed His birth? The answer is simple. Israel longed for one who would deliver them from Roman bondage, not for a Savior who would deliver them from sin. They read only those portions of Scripture which supported their beliefs and anticipated a Messiah who would crush their enemies under His feet. No wonder they missed His unpretentious appearing in a lowly manger. By not studying all of the Scriptures regarding the Messiah, they missed their grand opportunity to greet the Savior.
As we come to know Jesus as a personal Friend, we can avoid making this same mistake.