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Micah 5:2 – “Bethlehem”

SIH STSTA ICON“Micah 5:2 – Bethlehem”

(Christmas Lesson 2014)

 

One of the most well-known of all the Old Testament prophecies touching upon the birth of Christ is found in Micah 5:2…

 

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

 

By taking a moment to study this passage, we can learn much about our Wonderful Savior who was born in this small and greatly celebrated town of Judah.

 

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

 

Mic 5:2 KJV – But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Luk 2:4-7 KJV – And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)  To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

 

THE STUDY:

Before we begin to take a detailed look at Micah 5:2, we need to recognize that this prophecy was given to Micah approximately 700 years before the birth of Christ.

Stop and think about this amazing truth.  Our sovereign God perfectly revealed to man a detailed description of the birthplace of Messiah 700 years in advance.  The historical record of this prophecy’s fulfillment can be found in Luke 2:4-7…

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) … And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

He then took things a step further by giving to Micah a specific description of the Lordship and the Divinity of the Messiah that was to be born.  Although the giving of this prophecy is a great miracle, it is greatly overshadowed by its miraculous fulfillment, the

birth of the Messiah…

 

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah,

  1. The “house” of Jesus, in other words the place of His birth, was “Bethlehem” which means “house of bread”. This helps us to understand the importance of the Messiah… the Messiah is the “bread of life”, the source of spiritual life for sinful mankind (John 6:32-59).

When a lost man turns from his sin (repents) and trusts in the Messiah as his Lord and Savior, he is partaking of the Messiah much like a person partakes of bread.  Just as bread gives strength and sustains the life to man, so too, when we partake of the Messiah through repentance and belief He secures for us forgiveness, spiritual life, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. In this prophecy, Bethlehem is further identified as “Ephratah”. This distinguishes it from another town named “Bethlehem” that existed in the land area of Zebulun.  “Ephratah” signifies “fruitfulness” or productivity.  In this title of the Messiah’s birthplace, we can see the manifold accomplishments of Messiah being referenced (John 21:25).  These accomplishments came about through His teachings, miracles, life-example, and His death and resurrection)

The Messiah successfully accomplished the complete mission upon which the Father had sent Him.  This included: presenting truths concerning His Father to the world through His words and deeds; redeeming His people from their sins; and gaining the victory over sin and death.  His life, that was begun in the insignificant town of Bethlehem Ephratah certainly was perfectly productive and bore manifold fruit for His Father.

 

 

though thou be little among the thousands of Judah,

Bethlehem, which was among the thousands of cities and towns of Judah, was irrelevant in the eyes of men, it was chosen by God to be the birthplace of the Messiah!

This helps us to understand that although man may judge people, places and things as irrelevant, when God chooses to use them for His glory, they are relevant in His sight and hold great significance for His purposes.

Why does God choose that which appears irrelevant to man to hold positions of great importance in His purposes?  By doing this, He rightfully secures all of the honor and glory for Himself by displaying His greatness to all.  (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

 

 

yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel;

When the Messiah came forth from Bethlehem, Bethlehem was giving birth to One that would be the eternal Ruler of Israel.

The Messiah, who came from the line of Jewish Kings, was recognized as the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” and was given the eternal rule over the spiritual nation of Israel (Hebs 1:8) .  This spiritual nation is made up of saved Jews and Gentiles (Roms 9:6-8, Gals 3:26-29, Phils 3:2-3) all of whom will accompany Him at Armageddon and dwell with Him eternally in the New Jerusalem (Rev 17:14, Rev 21: and 22:).

 

 

whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

This same Jesus, who is the Bread of Life, the Flawlessly Fruitful One, and the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, is the Eternal God.

Jesus, who was born as a babe in Bethlehem, was God come in the likeness of sinful flesh (Roms 8:1-4), which allowed Him to experience temptation (Heb 4:14-16) and give His life on the cross to secure the salvation of sinners (Phil 2:5-8).

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION/SUMMARY:

For this small town of Bethlehem came God Himself, born of a woman, born in the likeness of sinful flesh, to become the King of Kings and Savior of His people.  As we enter this time of year may we all keep our minds on these very important truths from God’s Word…

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.  (Isa 9:6-7 KJV)

For the Christian, young and old, our central attention concerning Christmas should not be placed upon Santa Claus, gift giving, or socializing and partying.  We should be placing our attention upon the Lord Jesus Christ, His coming to the earth, His ministry, and most importantly, the miracle of salvation by grace that He has accomplished through His death and resurrection.

 

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

For more Christmas Resources please click on the following links:

 

Miscellaneous Subjects Concerning Christmas:

Christ Or Santa Claus? Man Am I Confused!

Should Christians Participate In The Christmas Celebration?

Tis The Season To Deny The Existence Of God

 

The Biblical Christmas Account:

The Christmas Story In Matthew Part #1

The Christmas Story In Matthew Part #2

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #1

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #2

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #3

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #4

The Christmas Story In Chronological Order

 

Christmas Devotionals:

Think On These Things Devotional Luke 2:10-11 Part #1

Think On These Things Devotional Luke 2:10-11 Part #2

 

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Do We Play With Sin Or Hate It?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 2:6 KJV   But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:6 KJV   But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

 

Believe it or not, in our text for this morning we find the Lord commending a local church for their feelings of hatred.   But even more amazingly, we also read that the Lord possesses hatred in His heart as well.

 

It might be a new concept to some of us, but it is important to remember that hatred is not always a sinful emotion when it enters our hearts and minds.   There are times when it is not only appropriate to hate, but it is actually a desirable emotion that works righteousness in our lives.

In our text for this morning, we find that the Lord clearly states that He hates “the deeds of the Nicolaitans”.  What were these people doing?  They were trying to lead the local assembly of Ephesus into the false worship of idols.  Their actions were aimed at deceiving and harming God’s people while taking away from God’s glory and the worship that He deserves.

This helps us to understand that hatred doesn’t always displease God, nor does it do us harm.  Depending upon what we hate, there are times when our hatred is pleasing to God and helpful to us.   When we hate sin, its presence in our life angers us; when we are angry at the sin we commit, we will put it out of our lives.

Paul addressed this very principle in Ephesians 4:26, when he said – “Be ye angry and sin not…”

 

King David had much to say about this type of hatred…

Psa 26:5 KJV – “I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.”

Psa 101:2-4 KJV – “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.   I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.  A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.”

Psa 139:21-22 KJV – “Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?  I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.”

 

In these verses, David clearly explains that a Godly hatred towards sin will result in him refraining from the commission of sin, and will also disallow relationships with sinful men to influence him to depart from the paths of His God.

To put it very simply, God hates acts of sin and He commended the church at Ephesus for hating the sins of the Nicolaitanes and not allowing them to influence their Christ-like walk.  Folks, we are to be commended for our hatred against sin.  When we see sin appear in our lives, we should hate it and turn from it.

May we all seek to develop a Godly hatred and anger against sin.  In doing so, may we cast known sin from our lives and live lives of glory and honor to Christ.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: He laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not

SIH TOTT ICONRev 1:17b KJV – And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

 

What wonderful words to hear from the Almighty Sovereign of the Universe…  “Fear thou not”.   Keep in mind, John has just experienced a tremendous blessing when he received a vision of Christ in the midst of His churches.  But along with that blessing came a renewed realization of his Lord’s greatness causing him to fall at His feet in humility, sorrow, reverence and fear.

In this last part of the verse, we see the Lord placing his hand upon John and comforting him.  What a wonderful blessing for John to know that, although he was a sinful man undeserving of any blessing from the Lord, there was no need for him to fear.  He did not need to fear the Lord, nor any man, nor any event that might take place in his life.  He was safe and secure in the hands of His Lord.

These same comforting words can be applied to each and every one of His people… folks, although we deserve nothing but an eternity in the Lake of Fire, we have nothing to fear.  Just like the OT saints, we can go forward in service to the Lord knowing He is with us…

“… Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward.  (Genesis 15:1)

Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up [and] possess [it], as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.”   (Deuteronomy 1:21)

And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;  For the LORD your God [is] he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”  (Deuteronomy 20:3-4)

And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do [it]: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, [even] my God, [will be] with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.”   (1 Chronicles 28:20)

Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.   Say to them [that are] of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come [with] vengeance, [even] God [with] a recompence; he will come and save you.  (Isaiah 35:3-4)

But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called [thee] by thy name; thou [art] mine.  When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
For I [am] the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt [for] thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.  Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
Fear not: for I [am] with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;  I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;  [Even] every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.  (Isaiah 43:1-7)

 

As we set our minds upon the wonderful promises given to OT believers, let’s also keep in mind these same promises apply to NT saints as well.  As God’s people, we have nothing to fear … He is and will be with us, strengthening, protecting, enabling, and rewarding us.

As we enter our day today, may we all remember we have nothing to fear… the Sovereign Lord of the Universe is with us!

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Have We Ever Fallen At His Feet?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:17 KJV – And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 9:24 KJV – For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

 

Christ did not simply entered a human temple to minister for His people, but He has entered into heaven to make eternal intercession before God !

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: When I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.

SIH TOTT ICONRev 1:17 KJV

(17)  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

 

When John sees Christ in His greatness, he responds by falling at Christ’s feet as if he were dead.  This was very similar to Ezekiel’s response when he saw the Lord (Ezekiel 1:28) and the disciples reaction at the Mount of Transfiguration when they saw the glorified Lord (Matthew 17:2-6).

 

We can all understand why seeing the Lord in all His glory would bring about such a response.  When we see Him in His greatness we are reminded of our shameful sinful condition, our impotence, our frailty, and our mortality.     Isaiah described it best when he described fallen mankind as “a drop in the bucket”, “the small dust of a balance”, “as nothing”, “less than nothing and vanity”, and “grasshoppers” (Isa 40:15,17,22) in comparison to the greatness of Jehovah, our Creator, Sustainer, Savior and Lord.

 

Although none of us have ever personally seen the risen Christ in all His glory, we certainly can “see” Him with our spiritual eyes.  By looking to the Scriptures and coming to an understanding of His greatness, we too can come to a realistic understanding of our needy condition before God.

 

Why is it so important that we all come to a moment where we fall on our faces before Him?  It is only when we see our true needy condition before Him that will lead to our salvation and will be a constant reminder of our need to rely totally upon Him as we live our lives on earth.

 

The Lord, Himself, reminded us of this same principle in John 15:5, when He said… “…without me ye can do nothing”.

 

Folks, as we go about our day do we ALWAYS have in our minds that we are in constant need of our Lord to intervene in our lives?  The continuing forgiveness of our many sins, our decision making, our physical strength, health and life, our opportunities of service,  and so many more areas of our lives depend entirely on the Lord’s merciful intervention.

 

May we all, as John see the greatness of our Lord anew, recognize our weakness and desperate need of Him every minute of our day, and learn to rely upon Him as our sole source for all our daily needs.    Just as the Apostle Paul had learned during the course of his life…

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

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For Whom Did Christ Die?

What have we suffered for the sake of Christ?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:9 KJV  – I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “… shall the blood of Christ… purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 9:14 KJV – How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

 

It is through the shed blood of Christ, that our conscience can be cleansed for our old acts of sin and made profitable in our service to the Lord.

 

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”   (Titus 2:13-14)

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 9:11-12 KJV – But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

 

It is through the shed blood of Christ alone, that we can be eternally redeemed!

 

And from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”   (Revelation 1:5)

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: John, … a companion in the kingdom of God…

SIH TOTT ICONRev 1:9 KJV  – I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

In our text for this morning, John, as he writes to the members of the seven churches of Asia, describes himself as their “companion in the kingdom”.   Very basically, John was reminding his readers that they are all citizens of the same spiritual kingdom and subjects of the same King, Jesus Christ.  As believers in today’s time, we serve the same King of Kings and Lord of Lords as those of John’s day.  Because of this, we all share the same basic goals, desires, purpose of living and message to share with others.

Knowledge of our spiritual citizenship defines our purpose for living (bringing honor to Him) and motivates us to strive to fulfill that purpose every day of our lives…

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ…But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”   (1 Peter 2:5-9)

 

Another very important aspect of our citizenship in the Israel of God is our guaranteed possession of an eternal, sinless, dwelling place prepared by God Himself.  This truth alone should revolutionize our lives and encourage our hearts when the armies of the darkness of this world wage spiritual warfare against our kingdom.

Notice how this great truth affected the lives of the OT believers…

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

 And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.   But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”   (Hebrews 11:13-16)

 

This same set of truths should affect us as well.  We should find them to be a constant source of encouragement and strength knowing that we will, someday, be delivered from this sinful world and enter into eternity in the presence of our King.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

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Do We Appreciate and Love Other Members of Our Spiritual Family?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:9 KJV – I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “He obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 8:6 KJV – “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”

 

The work and eternal accomplishments of Christ far excels the temporal work of the Old Testament Priesthood.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “who is consecrated for evermore:”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 7:28 KJV –  For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

 Christ has been accepted by God the Father as the only perfect, sinless, High Priest to make intercession for His people forevermore.

And he said unto them, and the third [day] I shall be perfected. (Luke 13:32)

 

 

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Do We Know Our Redeemer Lives?

SIH HALTAL ICON

Job 19:23-27 (KJV)

23) Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
24) That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
25) For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:
26) And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27) Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.

 

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Is Christ King Of Your Heart and Life?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:5 – And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

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Christ Was Victor Over Death… And Proved It By His Resurrection!

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:5 - And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “…Seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.“

SIH HALTAL ICON

 

Heb 7:25 KJV – Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

 

 

 

Christ never ceases to make intercession for His people. Because of this we are eternally secure in Him!

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world. (1 John 2:1-2)

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: The First Begotten Of The Dead…

SIH TOTT ICON

 

Rev 1:5 – And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the  prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

 

 

Christ is given the title “the first begotten of the dead”. The word begotten simply means “first born”. How can it be said that Christ is the “first born” of the dead? There have been many people who were resurrected from the dead prior to Christ:
1. Son of Zarephath’s widow (1 K 17)
2. Son of Shunammite woman (2 K 4)
3. Man that touches Elisha bones (2 K 13)
4. Widow’s son (Lk 7)
5. Jairus’ daughter (Mt 9)
6. Lazarus (Jhn 11)
7. Saints at Christ’s crucifixion (Mat 27)
8. and perhaps others I may have missed.

But the resurrection of Christ was different than any of the above examples. Christ was resurrected by His own power, never to die again… following his resurrection (40 days later) He ascended to be with the Father. In that sense, He was truly the first One who gained victory over death!

Folks, this is very important for us to understand, our Lord, although He was resurrected, never died again. The one death that He experienced was sufficient to fully complete the salvation of His people. His resurrection, and the following ascension to be with His Father, is living proof that His sacrifice had been accepted, His work had been fully completed and His people are eternally secure in Him…

But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:And if Christ be not risen, then [is] our preaching vain, and your faith [is] also vain.
Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
And if Christ be not raised, your faith [is] vain; ye are yet in your sins.
Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept.
(1 Corinthians 15:13-19)
May we all take a moment to stop and praise the Lord for His resurrection and what it means to each one of us who are His. We are eternally secure, not because of what we have done, but because of what He has done for us! May we all serve Him with new strengthened and encouraged hearts being reminded of all He has done for us.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

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