Jesus Christ, whose birth Christians celebrate on this day each year, was great in all three ways. King Herod referred to him as “the one who has been born king of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2). Jesus was born great.
As an adult, Jesus became well known for his distinctive teaching, his amazing miracles, and his compassionate care for the poor. Jesus achieved greatness during his lifetime.
But after only three short years in the public spotlight, he met an untimely and horrible death. And then, in a miracle surpassing the miracle of Christmas, God raised him from the dead, and Jesus had greatness thrust upon him by the highest authority in the universe. Bethlehem’s Child id today both Lord and God.
Merry Christmas to all our listeners on 2CH Macquarie Radio!
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 25 December 2011.
Theologian, researcher, teacher, writer, foodie, husband, dad. Works at Moore Theological College.