by John C. Whitcomb, Th.D.
Especially at this time of the year, Christians all over the world are making public statements about the supreme gift God the Father made to mankind: His own eternal Son, Jesus Christ the Lord.
For hundreds of years before Jesus arrived on planet Earth, the Father had promised to His people Israel that His Son was coming to provide salvation to those who accept His Word. For example, Moses wrote (1,400 B.C.): “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken … And [God the Father confirmed that] it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him” (Deut. 18:15, 19, KJV; cf. Acts 3:22).
In His own words, the Son of God explained through the prophet Isaiah (700 years before He added a true and complete human nature to His eternal divine nature): “Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was [i.e., at the creation], there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent Me” (Isa. 48:16). Also, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek… . To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD” (Isa. 61:1, 2; cf. Luke 4:18-19). Read more about Christmas 2007