While it is nice and theologically acceptable to say “Merry Christmas” to everyone this time of the year, the actual phrase can lead otherwise innocent holiday celebrators into doctrinal heresy.
The problem with the phrase “Merry Christmas” is that it can lead people into believing that Jesus (the “Son”) was a different person than Jehovah (the “Father”). Or worse, people can make the mistake that Jesus was just a “man.”
The Prophets made no other prophecy than that it would be Jehovah Himself who would come into the world for humanity’s sake.
“Behold the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will raise unto David a righteous offshoot, and He shall reign as king, and prosper, and shall execute judgment and righteousness on earth. In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell securely; and this is His name whereby He shall be called: JEHOVAH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Jeremiah 23:5,6; 33:15,16).
In other words, Jesus is Jehovah in the flesh!
I am aware that some Bible translations use “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS,” which may lead some to doubt my premise, however, in the next verse (Jeremiah 23:7) Scripture makes it clear that the LORD refers to the God whom brought the Israelites out of Egypt.
Many Christian authorities would argue that there was some kind of mystical (hypostatic) union between the Son and the Father to tip-toe around the irksome and non-rational belief that Jesus and Jehovah are two different people but still ONE God. This divine dynamic is called a “mystery of faith” and Christians ought not give it any further thought other than to believe it, hook, line and sinker. But the purpose of all my blog posts is to make people think!
Further biblical evidence that it was Jehovah Himself who came into the world can be found in Malachi 3:1.
“Behold I send Mine angel who shall prepare the way before Me . . . “
This passage refers to the same angel who informed Mary that she would experience a miraculous birth. “Me” can only mean Jehovah God.
Salvation was not a matter of the Son suffering and dying on the Cross in order to appease an otherwise dejected Father. That’s doctrinal nonsense. The Lord’s great suffering, included more than making Himself the target of human hatred on planet earth. The LORD also suffered a full-blown attack from all hell’s power and fury coming out from the spiritual world.
God needed to acquire a human body (with all its inclinations to be tempted by the vanities and allurements of the world, as everyone else). This provided a medium allowing finite beings and evil spirits to effectively attack an Infinite Being. By resisting worldly temptations and values, and humbling Himself on the Cross (instead of hopping off and providing a show of force to get even with his torturers) the LORD made his “flesh” fully compliant with His Divine Essence of Infinite Love in heaven (the Father). This humility of taking his human nature to task is how the Son glorified the Father (His Divine nature) and the Father glorified the Son (His human nature). Flesh and the Holy became ONE—the Alpha and Omega. This is why there was an empty tomb.
That the LORD was victorious is our hope of peace on earth and eternal salvation. But we must also ask for God’s help in overcoming our own negative traits (no one can take on hell’s influence alone).
These biblical details about the LORD’S life can only be obtained by those who are willing to accept that God’s Holy Word contains deeper levels of meaning. It is these deeper levels that offer proof of the Bible’s inerrancy and authority.
This blog post may have put a dent in your current belief-system. Sorry about that! I am just trying to share with you the true meaning of the LORD’S Advent and life in the world.