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Jesus: The Gift of God's Grace, Day 2

John 1:1, 14, 16–17; 8:3–11; 2 Corinthians 9:15

Christmas is the day we celebrate the birthday of Jesus. But is it accurate to say that Jesus has a birthday in the same sense as other great men and women in history? Can a day in December truly mark the beginning of the Son of God?

Unlike every other baby, Jesus had no beginning point. He existed before His birth just as the apostle John stated: “In the beginning the Word already existed” (John 1:1). Jesus Himself declared His preexistence: “Before Abraham was even born, I AM!” (8:58). And He affirmed His true origins: “I have come down from heaven” (6:38). John the Baptizer, who was born before Jesus, testified to Jesus’ eternal nature: “He existed long before me” (1:15).

In eternity past, Jesus as the Son of God communed in perfect harmony with His Father and the Holy Spirit. This is the mystery of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—three in one. Coequal, coexistent, and coeternal.

Why, then, did God the Father send His Son into His creation? For what purpose was Jesus born?

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