The Theology of Christmas

Jesus gave up His Glory, so wonderful is His Glory, indescribable, only so that He can bear our sins and set us free from the enemy.

By: Pastor Ovet Tamayo

We all understand that the term Christmas  came from two words, Christ meaning “The Anointed Savior” and mas, a translation of the Hebrew Masiah or Messiah, and the Latin word ‘missa’, which means celebration. So Christ-Mas really means “The Celebration of the Christ, our Messiah, the Anointed one!” The word Theology also comes from two words, Theo which when translated is God, and the Latin word Logia which means reasoning or discussion concerning the Deity or God. So Theology means the study, the reason, and the logical discussions about  God.

Phil 2:5-11  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. KJV

There are two undeniable truths that these verses are declaring:

1st JESUS CHRIST IS GOD; v6…who being in the form of God! Other verses say the same thing about Jesus: Col 1:15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Heb 1:3  The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Jesus was, is, and will always be God!

The Words: who being  in the form God, speaks to us who Jesus was when He was born that Christmas day! The word being is the Greek word ‘huparcho’ which comes from two words ‘hupo’ and ‘arche’, that means in existence from the beginning; from the eternal past, to the eternal future. The word form is the word ‘morphe’ which means the essential and specific form and character, attributes and qualities of God! He was internally and the externally God, that was His very nature from the very beginning and He will never ever change! But Satan wanted to become equal to God so he wanted to grab it, but not Jesus, He was already God, this verse reveals the heart of Jesus:

Phil 2:6-7  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, KJV

To be without reputation is as to be stripped of everything, wealth, even willing to become a servant! But what did Satan say?

Isa 14:13 and 14   You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God;  14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."

Satan was willing to do everything to get what he wants, so he steals, he kills, he destroys anyone who will be a threat to his devilish scheme! Not Jesus! The Bible even declares that  “He was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man…v7-8. Jesus abandoned His Sovereign position as God to become fully man—as a baby He cried, He got wet, dirty clothes, got thirsty, maybe even annoyed, we know He got angry, He felt pain, He cried, He wept, and He was tempted as we are—yet without sin! He possessed equality with God, but He was willing to let go of it-selflessness, self-denial!

Phil 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

This phrase is the word ‘kenoo’ which means to make empty or destroy, but Jesus cannot be made empty or destroyed because He is God, no one can destroy God, He gave it up-willingly! What did He give up?

John 17:5  And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. 

Jesus gave up His Glory, so wonderful is His Glory, indescribable, only so that He can bear our sins and set us free from the enemy.

Isa 53:2  He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

Jesus gave up His beauty, we can’t begin to imagine just how beautiful God is!

John 5:19  the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.

Jesus gave up the independent exercise of His will to do only the will of the Father, He gave up His privileges—that’s something very hard for most of us, we always want to enjoy what is due for us. If you want to test a person’s character, give him authority and privileges! A man of noble character will use his privileges to help people; a man of low character will use his privileges to separate himself from others.  Jesus did not separate Himself from us, instead He associated Himself with us sinful men, becoming like us, only without sin, so He can free us from sin, and save us from hell!

Heb 12:2  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

He endured separation from His Father which is far worse than death, because we are His joy and reward!

The 2nd undeniable truth in the verses we read is: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD

Phil 2:9-11  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,  to the glory of God the Father. KJV

Jesus ascended as a Supreme Prince! He completed our redemption! That’s What We Are  Celebrating Here Today!