The most momentous event in history occurred
without any paparazzi. It was a
never-to-be-repeated historical moment, yet only a
handful of shepherds heard the initial
announcement on an obscure hillside. God could
have trumpeted it to every person on earth at the
same time, but He chose to give the precious news
to these few humble beings who had no means of
broadcasting other than their own testimonies.
When the shepherds heard the herald angel’s news
of the birth of their long-awaited Messiah and saw
the heavenly host in the glow of the Glory of God,
they were greatly frightened; but they immediately
departed to find the babe of which the announcing
angel told them.
They found the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes
lying in a manger cared for by Mary and Joseph
just as the angel had said. Of course, they
couldn’t keep this news to themselves so they
began to spread the word of the wonderful
revelation that had been made known to them.
The message carried by those long-ago shepherds
has reverberated around the world to every
generation since they shared it. That is how God
intended for the world to know that the Savior had
come—word of mouth from one person to another
until all have heard. Remember the instructions
Jesus left with His disciples just before He left
them: “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the
gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
Jesus’ ministry and mission on earth were passed
to the disciples and they were to let the world
know who Jesus is. Jesus asked Peter: “...Whom
do men say that I the Son of man am?...Simon Peter
answered and said, ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son
of the living God’…And Jesus answered and said
unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for
flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee,
but my father which is in heaven” (Matthew
“…upon this rock [revelation of who Jesus is] I
will build my church; and the gates of hell shall
not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
The story didn’t end in the “cow shed.” The baby
in the manger grew into a Man—a Man who came to
give His life for the sins of the world. How will
the world know unless we tell them? The
arrangement of sharing the message that began with
the shepherd who retold the story of the birth of
the Messiah is still in effect today. There is
salvation by no other means. When God’s Word goes
forth, the Spirit of God reveals to the hearer
that the message is true and draws them to
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by
the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
God’s irrevocable plan is that no man can take
credit for his own salvation. It is God who has
planned and executed the means by which we can
know Him. “…no man speaking by the Spirit of God
calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say
that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (1
Corinthians 12:3). The foundation of His church
is “Who Jesus is”.
From these verses, we can safely draw the
conclusion that the only way we can know who Jesus
is, is to have it revealed to us by the Holy
Ghost. That is quite astonishing since Jesus is a
well known figure of history. His name has been
on the tongues of those who lovingly tell of His
life, those who have called Him a fraud, those who
use His name to curse and those we are just
curious about Him.
When Jesus walked on earth among the people, they
knew Him as the son of Joseph, the carpenter, from
Nazareth; and with that background, they expected
nothing extraordinary from Him. In fact, before
he knew Him, one of His followers even commented,
“Can there any good thing come out of
Nazareth?...” (John 1:46). Their eyes were
blinded to the true identify of who Jesus was.
Paul said, “If our gospel be hid, it is hid to
them that are lost: In whom the god of this world
hath blinded the minds of them which believe not…”
(2 Corinthians 4:3-4). By choice they had
rejected Him, and Satan had stopped their ears and
closed their eyes. No one is as “blind and deaf”
as the one who chooses to be.
Isaiah asked the question, “Who hath believed our
report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord
revealed?” (Isaiah 53:1). John elaborated on this
in John 12. Though Jesus had taught them and done
many miracles, “yet they believed not on him.”
John said this was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s
words that Satan had blinded those who believed
not. He said Isaiah “saw his glory and spoke of
him.” How this must have grieved our Lord! He
came bringing them the truth and they chose to not
believe it. He brought life and they refused to
accept it and chose death.
Many people use the name of Jesus, but don’t
really know who He is. They speak of His words,
do “good works” in His name and even lead groups
who identify themselves as Christians. However,
if they have not had the “revelation of the Holy
Ghost,” they don’t know who Jesus is. Jesus even
spoke of those who would say they had done many
great works in His name, but He told them “I never
knew you.” They were not His. They may have
“used His name” but they didn’t have the right or
the authority, because they didn’t belong to Him.
They were without the revelation of who Jesus is.
We can’t become His without being born again. No
one can be born for us; every person must have the
revelation of Jesus as Savior, be born again for
God has no grandchildren!
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath
begotten us again [born again] unto a lively hope
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the
dead…Who are kept by the power of God through
faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the
It is imperative, absolutely essential, that we
know Jesus by revelation of the Holy Ghost. We
can KNOW Him in no other way. Jesus Himself said,
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent
me draw him; and I will raise him up at the last
day” (John 6:44). When it is all over here, to
those whose sins He has forgiven and are looking
for His appearing, “shall he appear the second
time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28).
Only those who know Him by revelation will be
looking for Him. The opportunity will be given to
everyone, but not everyone will accept the call.
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath
appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11). “…the kindness
and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared”
(Titus 3:4). “…the things which God hath prepared
for them that love him [can’t be discerned by
human means]. But God hath revealed them unto us
by his Spirit…: (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). In a
prayer of thanksgiving to His Father, Jesus
prayed, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven
and earth, because thou hast hid these things from
the wise and prudent [in their own eyes], and hast
revealed them unto babes [born again ones]”
The next time this world sees Jesus, He will not
be lying in a manger as a babe but will be
revealed in all His Glory, as we gaze upon Him
with our “glorified” eyes!
It’s not hard to see Jesus now. In fact, we have
to turn our back to Him to not see Him. He’s
“there” inviting us into His presence, and we can
accept the invitation or reject it. The Holy
Spirit opens our ability to “see” Jesus, our
Savior and leads us to Him.
("If I make my bed in hell, He is there"…There is no
escape from His presence.)
It is well past the time of becoming serious about
who Jesus is. In fact, how we react to the Holy
Spirit’s revelation of Jesus to us will affect us
for all eternity. There is no such thing as
indifference, a decision is demanded. Failure to
decide is a negative choice.
When we accept the truth of who Jesus is, we know
the real meaning of Christmas.
--What Child is This?--
--He is God’s son
--He came to earth to save us
--He is coming back for those who “know” Him and
are looking for Him!
Music: "What Child is This"
Chatterson Dix, 1865 (words)
What child is this, laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?
Nails shall pierce Him through
The cross be born for me, for you.
Hail, Hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the son of Mary.