What do you think of when you hear the story of the birth of Jesus? Are you filled with awe and wonder of his miraculous birth? I am! How about you?
The birth of Christ was prophesied throughout Scriptures. Isaiah prophesied that a virgin will give birth, and he will be called Immanuel (God with us). “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). This was later fulfilled when the angel Gabriel visited Mary and told her, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).
Jeremiah prophesied the coming Messiah, a righteous branch for David, a King who would reign wisely and do just and right in the land. He will be called, ‘The Lord our righteous Savior’ or ‘The Lord Gives Justice’ (Jeremiah 23:5-6).
In the Gospel of Luke, Luke the physician gives an account of the birth, ministry and death of Jesus. As I was writing this blog, I sensed the Holy Spirit saying: “Why did Jesus choose a physician as one of His disciples? Could it have been so that he could record the miracles and healing performed by Jesus during His ministry from the perspective of a physician. Luke witnessed many of the miracles performed by Jesus. The Bible says, Jesus wrought many miracles during His ministry on earth. Healing the lame and the blind, and casting out devils.
Although Luke did not witness the birth of Jesus, he wrote about the miraculous births of Jesus of Nazareth and the man who becomes his prophet, John the Baptist. Luke tells us in the first chapter that the stories of the works of Jesus were written on the basis of the eyewitness reports by others (Luke 1:1-2). With that in mind, he decided to write an orderly account for Theophilus, so that he would know with confidence of the things he had been taught.
Luke wrote of the announcements made to Zechariah and to Mary concerning the births of John and of Jesus, and the story of the shepherds watching their flocks at night who came to worship the newborn child. We also have accounts of the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem and of the child being wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger “because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 1:5-80; 2:1-21). A wonderful story of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ the Son of God was born in Bethlehem in fulfillment of the Scriptures. Jesus was miraculously conceived by the virgin Mary when the Holy Spirit came upon her and the power of the Most High overshadowed her (Luke 1:29-35). The power of God enveloped Mary and she conceived the Son of God as she yielded herself to the Word of God.
As a physician, Luke recorded the healing of many by Jesus (Luke 4:38-44) beginning with the healing of Simon’s mother-in-law who was suffering from a high fever. Jesus bent over her and rebuked the fever and she was healed. Afterwards, the people bought to Jesus all who were suffering from various kinds of sickness and disease. In several accounts Jesus healed a man with leprosy, and in another a paralyzed man (Luke 5). Multitudes were healed and delivered just as Isaiah prophesied Isaiah 61:1 and Jesus spoke of in Luke 4:18.
The Lord desires that we receive the blessing of healing and deliverance made available to mankind. God promised that if we believe, we can have whatever we ask (Matt. 21:22). That includes miracles, divine healing and deliverance for all who will receive.
Jesus is the Way and the Truth (John 14:6); therefore, all that Jesus said was true. Jesus said. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know[a] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him” (John 14:6-7). Verse 12 says, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12). Today, He is sitting at the right hand of the Father making intercession for the saints. He always lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).
This year I experienced a condition known as Ischemic optic neuropathy when the blood does not flow properly to your eye’s optic nerve. A condition that could eventually cause lasting damage to the nerve. According to the physician that diagnosed this condition, I would most likely lose sight in my right eye. Yet, God was with me, the blood of Jesus covered me, and the power of the Holy Spirit overshadowed me. On my last visit to the ophthalmologist and after several visual tests, he noted that my vision was better than ever. Praise God!
Saints, we can command our healing. As Spirit-filled believers, we have the ability to command our healing through prayer and faith in God. We can possess our healing through the present truth of what the Father says we have been given.
The miraculous birth of Jesus Christ is God’s plan of redemption to restore man unto Himself, and to restore righteousness and justice in the earth. No one needs to live outside of the plan of God. He is a miracle worker and a way maker. The One who performs miracles. That is who is is. The Great I AM!
God still performs miracles today! Once again God’s Spirit is brooding over His creation, as He did in the Book of Genesis, and the virgin Mary two thousand years ago. In Acts chapter 2 the Holy Spirit suddenly came upon those waiting in the upper room. The Holy Spirit filled the whole house and rested upon them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them (Acts 2:1-4).
Let’s believe and prepare for the coming glory of the Lord. The next wave of revival coming to the church. The “suddenlies” of God. An invasion of the Spirit of God. Isaiah 6o:1-2 says that the glory of God will increase upon the people of God. Signs and wonders that will point many to Jesus. We are to tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples (Psalm 96:3).
May the grace, joy, and peace of God be yours through Jesus Christ our loving Lord. To Him be glory, now and forever.
Note: All Scriptures are taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.