Jesus is the Center of History

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace… – Ephesians 1:7

Thousands of years before His birth holy men had been speaking of Him. Prophets and seers all pointed to Him as The Coming One. “How great this man was,” since the wisest and best of mankind all looked forward to His day with gladness. Think of that wonderful system of types, and emblems, and symbols which God ordained by His servant Moses; for the whole of this system was meant to set forth the Messiah, who would yet appear in the fulness of time. To Him witnessed each bleeding sacrifice, each censer of sweet incense, each golden vessel, each curtain and wall of tabernacle or temple: all spoke concerning Him. Ay, and more than that, all the histories of all the empires were all but concentric rings of which He was the center; for the Lord Jesus is the center of history, the sum total of all God’s doings and manifestations among the sons of men. That was an august Person towards whom all the past had been labouring, and for whom all the present was agonizing. “How great this man was,” that when He came the saints were watching for Him: Simeon and Anna could not depart till He appeared. Angels stood on tip-toe ready to descend and sing, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Humble shepherds, as they watched their flocks, did but wait for the signal to hasten to adore Him; and wise men from the east forgot the fatigues of a long journey that they might lay their gold and incense at His feet. How great this man was, when being born and laid in a manger, the whole earth was moved by His appearing.

For this man was not “born in sin,” as we are; neither was He “shapen in iniquity.” Conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, He was truly a man, but not fallen man. The method by which the pure human nature of the man Christ Jesus was produced is a great mystery, but it serves to make us see “how great this man was.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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