Regardless of what date that we assign to it, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ brings into focus the uniqueness of this event. It is unique in any number of ways but what I would like to focus on in this post is the uniqueness of the Christ Child Himself.
All the way back in Genesis 3:15, God promised that He would send a savior for mankind through the seed of the woman. This One would fatally crush the head of serpent dragon although the seed of the serpent dragon would be allowed to bruise the heel of the woman’s seed.
Centuries later the prophet Isaiah also spoke that this same seed would also be from the royal line of David and would one day sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem. (Isaiah 9:7)
Isaiah also spoke of this one as being at once a Son who is given yet also Everlasting Father;
He is at once a Child who is born yet He is Mighty God;
He is at once the King upon whom all government rests yet He is the Prince of Peace;
He is at once too Wonderful to know yet as the wisest of counselors He is able to reveal Himself. (Isaiah 9:6)
Even more wonderful is this blessed truth that we often quote but seldom realize how profound of a truth it is that God gave the world His “only-begotten Son.” (John 3:16)
In every normally developed child that is born, the genes contain 23 pairs of chromosomes, eleven pairs are contributed by each parent. The 23rd chromosome determines the gender, the x chromosome is always contributed by the female, the while an x or a y chromosome is contributed by the male. Generally a child with xx chromosome is female and a child with XY chromosome is male.
The Spirit of God is careful to say that the Christ Child will be the seed of the woman and not the seed of the man. This is significant because the first Adam brought sin into the world and death by sin. As the graphic above confirms, “The Y Chromosome of all living men can be traced back to a single male ancestor…”
Of Christ, who is called the last Adam, (1 Corinthians 15:45) it is declared that He knew no sin, (2 Cornthians 5:21); He did no sin (1 Peter 2:22); and in Him is no sin (1 John 3:5). This could never have been said of Him if He had received a Y chromosome from the first Adam as every other male child has.
As ‘the seed of the woman’ He did not inherit the sin nature that has brought death and decay into His creation. Instead, He is the offspring of her who is ‘the mother of all living’ (Genesis 3:20). The Y chromosome that defined His gender was not received from the first Adam, it came directly from the Holy Spirit Himself. (Luke 1:35)
He alone has authority to be called Son of Man and Son of God. This makes Him truly unique among mankind, the only begotten of the Father, a life giving Spirit full of grace and truth.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
He alone is worthy of worship…Amen?