Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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My children and grandchildren sang a few Christmas carols after our Christmas Eve supper tonight. As we sang the classic song, “Silent Night”, something in one of the verses caught my attention. The end of the verse says, “Jesus, Lord at thy birth. Jesus, Lord at thy birth.”
The prophet Malachi foretold of the Messiah's coming by saying, “The Lord whom you seek shall suddenly come to his temple.” This happened when the Son of God, in the shape of a harmless dove, “suddenly” came from heaven and lit upon Jesus, Mary’s son. Therefore, the Lord whom Israel sought was still in heaven when Jesus was born.
Jesus was not Lord when he was born. He was made Lord and Christ when the Lord and Christ from heaven came into him and the Son of God from heaven was blended with the son of Mary from Nazareth.