Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law
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.
Jesus was in the form of the Word before He was born. He is eternal. Thats why “a child was born.” But as a man, He was God’s son… “a son is given.” He is God in man.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
From the very beginning God was sending a message that He had a plan. A manger was a place where Jewish families would keep the lamb they intended for a sacrifice. The manger is a place of sacrifice. God was sending the message that Jesus is a lamb destined for sacrifice. The first people to get the news that Jesus, the Messiah, was born were shepherds, who watch over lambs.
Isaiah 53: 7-10
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
There is nothing we will ever go through that Jesus cannot empathize with.
To truly understand the significance of Christmas, we must look at the birth of Jesus as it relates to the entire scope of His purpose. He was born to die. From the very beginning, God had the plan of our salvation worked out. Even from the time of Adam, when we clothed them in coats of animal skins (Genesis 3:21), He was foreshadowing the day He would send His Son Jesus as the sacrifice that would cover our sins.
There can be no Christmas story if you only look at the story of Bethlehem.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Jesus is the only one who took upon Himself the sacrifice that was required to free us from our sin and death. That is why He is the only way to salvation. There is power in the name of Jesus! God has exalted Him above every name!
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.