God the Father at Christmas

At Christmas time, we remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We remember the miraculous conception and the virginal birth. We also remember the scenes and the witnesses of Nativity and many other things. All of this is right and natural. But what is not right and unnatural is to miss the awareness of the role of God the Father – by His Holy Spirit – in the birth and the life of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Is it not He God “the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1: 3, 2 Corinthians 11:31, Ephesians 1: 3, 1 Peter 1: 3)?” Was it not God the Father who sent His son, our Lord Jesus Christ, born of a woman at the fullness of time (Galatians 4: 4)? Was it not God the Father who masterminded the whole Christmas story and revealed it in time?

Is not the child born Bethlehem the eternal Word of God, who was in the beginning with God (John 1: 1, Revelation 19:13)? Was not He the “Word of God” who “became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14)?

Far away before time, before the creation of the world, God the Father loved his son (John 17:24), and chose Him to be the Lamb of God, who is “without blemish and without spot” in order to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:19). After the fall, God the Father promised Eve that Christ would come from her offspring to crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15). It was God the Father who spoke, by His Holy Spirit, in the prophets to prophecy the birth of Christ from a virgin (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23), and His birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5: 2, Matthew 2: 5-6), and much more.

God the Father is the Most High God, who descended with the power of His Spirit on the virgin St Mary and caused her to be conceived with the Holy One (Luke 1:35). He formed the child in the womb of His mother (Psalms 139: 13). He kept the virginity of St. Mary before and after the birth of the baby Jesus (Ezekiel 44: 2). God the Father is the one who shone with His glory and the angels glorified on the day of the birth of Christ (Luke 2:14).

God the Father is the one who guided the Magi by the star to the place of the child born. He also and guided them to another road, in their return (Matthew 2: 1-12). God the Father is the one who sent his angel with a message to Joseph to saves the child born from Herod’s massacre of the children of Bethlehem (Matthew 2: 16-21).

It was God the Father who called His son “Jesus,” to save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). He also called His name, “Emmanuel” to reminds us with His presence among us, through Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:23). God the Father has declared aloud that the Lord Jesus is His beloved Son (Mark 1:11, Luke 9:35).

God the Father is the One who dwells with His fullness, in His Son Jesus Christ (Colossians 2: 9). The Lord Jesus declared His unity with the Father: “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). He also revealed His love to His Father: “The world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do” (John 14:31, NKJV).

It was God the Father who anointed the Lord Jesus Christ with the power of His Holy Spirit to preach the good news to the poor, heal the broken hearts, proclaim liberty to the captives (Isaiah 61: 1-2, Luke 4:18). The Lord Jesus Christ went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38). The Father was doing the works in Christ Jesus our Lord (John 14:10). Therefore, the Lord Jesus said: “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves” (John 14:11, NKJV).

It is right and natural to acknowledge and love God the Father as we celebrate of the birth of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Everyone who loves the Child also loves His Father (1 John 5:1). We cannot come sincerely to the Child of Bethlehem unless the Father draws us to Him (John 6:44). I wish you a happy and merry Christmas.

Fr Abraam Sleman

frsleman@CopticChurch.net

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