Christmas is about the coming of the Messiah. It is about the coming of God’s Son. It is about God coming to earth, born to a virgin named Mary. It is about God literally becoming flesh. Some have asked if this is a pagan concept? According to the Bible, it is far from being a pagan idea. Rather, it is how God’s redemptive plan not only unfolded but was fulfilled!
On each and every Israel trip, we are surrounded by wonderful Jewish people. Over the years, many have become dear friends. However, their rabbis and scholars would argue for centuries that the concept of God having a son is indeed quite unbiblical. Such a concept even crosses the line into idolatry. The entire concept of God sending His “only begotten Son” (John 3:16) is foreign to Judaism. Even in what is anticipated by our Jewish friends as the first coming of the Messiah in the future, our Jewish friends believe this Messiah will not be divine but rather simply human.
Yet upon a closer look, did the Jewish community during the time of Jesus expect the Messiah to be the Son of God? The anwer to this question is a resounding Yes! In fact, there was a common belief that the Messiah would be one who would heal the sick, give sight to the blind, and demonstrate his power of nature through signs and wonders. Even the Jewish sect called the Essenes at a place called Qumran reveal in the writings of the Dead Sea Scrolls that they were anticipating the Messiah to be the Son of God. This belief comes right out of their understanding of Daniel 7.
Additionally, according to the Jewish Sages and in light of what Isaiah said (7:14 – “a virgin will conceive and bear a son…”), the coming Messiah would have no biological father. Midrash Genesis Rabbah 35 says, “The redeemer whom I will raise up among you will have no father, as it is written, ‘Behold the man whose name is Zemach [branch], and He will branch out of his place; and He also says, ‘For he shall grow up before him a a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground.'”
So this Christmas, we celebrate once again the coming of the Soon of God. His name is Yeshua, for He has come to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29).
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Here is the video by a Messianic ministry called One For Israel. Even though it is in Hebrew, it is sub-titled in English!