Lesson 55

Tidings of Great Joy

"I bring you the most joyful news ever announced,
and it is for everyone!"
Luke 2:10 (Living Bible)

The Logos was rich in spiritual privileges, glory and honor, yet for our sake he became poor, giving up everything he had as a perfect spirit being. God transferred his life principle to Mary’s womb. Mary provided and nourished the baby’s body and God provided the life spark. When Jesus was born the angels rejoiced to announce his birth to the shepherds—they knew this was the Logos made flesh.

God’s law is very exact: "life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth . . ." (Deuteronomy 19:21). A perfect human life would have to die to redeem Adam (a perfect human life), for he had disobeyed God and was sentenced to death. This life could not be that of a fallen human (as all were sinners and therefore imperfect) nor could it be that of an angel. It had to be a perfect man just as Adam was before he sinned (1 Timothy 2:6; Psalm 49:7).

Since there was no perfect human being to take Adam’s place in death, God prepared a perfect human body so the life principle of the Logos could be born as a baby, the baby of a faithful young Jewish woman named Mary. He was holy, harmless, and separate from sinners.

The baby was named Jesus. No longer could he be the Logos, for he was no longer a spirit being but a dear little baby boy—a perfect human life. And that baby would grow up to be the man Christ Jesus. At thirty years of age he would reach maturity according to Jewish Law. At that time he could offer himself as a sacrifice for Adam and become the Savior of the whole human race! The word savior means life-giver.

We know that the angel’s prophecy of "peace on earth, good will to men" has not yet been fulfilled. But we know that it will be fulfilled in God’s due time, and all the families of the earth will be blessed.

Thus we see that the "good tidings" announced by the angels so long ago will, in due time, truly be "good tidings which shall be to all people!" What wonderful blessings God has in store for all mankind because of his great love for his earthly creation.

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