“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
The popular Internet “encyclopedia” Wikipedia has an article listing books written about Jesus Christ, divided by century. While it lists hundreds of titles, the article makes no claim to the list being exhaustive—nor could it. No doubt Jesus is the most written-about person in history. And with that interest come opinions: Who exactly was Jesus?
Perhaps opinions can be grouped into two camps: human example and divine Savior. Jesus certainly was a good example for humanity; but if He wasn’t God, He couldn’t be a Savior. And the Bible is clear that He was God. The prophet Isaiah saw Him coming as Immanuel (“God with us”—Isaiah 7:14), confirmed in the New Testament (Matthew 1:23). John the apostle understood Jesus to be the divine Word and said that He had come to earth to dwell with humanity (John 1:14). If Jesus was just a good example, He could have died on a cross. But it was His resurrection that demonstrated that God had accepted His death as divine payment for sin.
This Christmas, be glad that the Jesus born in Bethlehem came as God incarnate to rescue you from your sins.
1 Peter – 2 Peter