Christmas in the Home of Abraham?
J. Vernon McGee
Every great truth of the Scripture that is given to us in full-blown flower in the New Testament is given to us in germ and in bud back in the Old Testament. And practically everything is given to us in the Book of Genesis. The remarkable thing about Genesis is this budding teaching concerning Bethlehem, the virgin birth of Christ, and His coming in the flesh.
As we consider the coming of Christ into the world, I would like to give you a new pattern of thinking relative to it.
His birth at Bethlehem was not the first time that He came and will not be the last time He will come. I want to try to show that the virgin birth of Christ was not something brand new that God suddenly flashed on the world.
Now how did God prepare mankind for the virgin birth of Christ? Well, in the Old Testament we read that the birth of Isaac was miraculous as was the birth of Samson and the birth of Samuel. Then in the New Testament we see that the birth of John the Baptist was also miraculous. Although each is significant, we will focus our attention at this time on the home of Abraham to see how God prepared the way, even there, for the coming of Christ at Bethlehem.
God prepared Abraham. That man knew a great deal more about the first coming of Christ than you and I give him credit for. The Lord Jesus Himself said,
Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. (John 8:56)
And Paul, in writing to the Galatians, made this remarkable statement:
And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. (Galatians 3:8)
It says that God preached the gospel to Abraham! And we want to go back and trace that, if you please.
Who Was Abraham?
Abraham was the greatest man who ever lived - and that is according to the yardstick of the world, not only of the Word of God. First he is the ...
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