The SHEPHERD | Danilo Q. Junco
This is quite incomprehensible that Christmas has begun in the heart of God in eternity.
Perhaps God—comprising the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as three persons in the Godhead but one—have this meeting in Heaven solving the enigma in case Adam and Eve would commit sin and rebellion against them to provide a way of escape from damnation in the lake of fire or hell.
This is so through the epistle of Apostle Paul in Ephesus at Ephesians 1:4 saying that God has chosen us believers in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless.
In other words, our being saved does not begin here on earth but in eternity in Heaven because of God’s love for humanity as He created man after His own image and likeness and gave him the dominion here on earth as His representative.
So God is not surprised when Adam and Eve violated His commandment not to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge and evil through the cunning and deception of Satan—the adversary and rebellious angel of God—in the Garden of Eden.
Right then and there in the Garden of Eden, God used the woman Eve by envisioning that through her “seed” (the Messiah Lord Jesus) would bruise the head of Satan and Satan to bruise the keel of Jesus.
So, Jesus was prophesied by Isaiah that a virgin woman would conceive a Son whose name is Immanuel meaning God be with us (Isaiah 7:14) then in Isaiah 9:6-7 saying, For unto us a Child is born, a Son is given and the government will be upon His shoulder and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end.”
Prophet Micah prophesied the birth place of Jesus which is in Bethlehem Ephrathah (Micah 5:2), His ministry in Isaiah 61:1-2; He will enter in Jerusalem riding in a donkey Zechariah 11:12; He will be declared Son of God Psalm 2:7; as a Messiah bringing light to the Gentiles Isaiah 9:1-2, as a Messiah would speak in parables Isaiah 6:9-10, Psalm 110:4; He would be betrayed Psalm 41:9; Messiah’s price money to be used to buy potter’s field Zechariah 11:12-13; He would be falsely accused Psalm 35:11.
Messiah would be silent before his accusers. Isaiah 53:7 , Messiah would be spat upon and struck Isaiah 50:6; Messiah would be hated without cause Psalm 35:19, Psalm 69:4, John 15:24-25; Messiah would be crucified with criminals Isaiah 53:12, Matthew 27:38, Mark 15:27-28; Messiah would be given vinegar to drink, Psalm 69:21, Matthew 27:34, John 19:28-30; Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced Psalm 22:16, Zechariah 12:10, John 20:25-27;
Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed Psalm 22:7-8 Luke 23:35; Soldiers would gamble for Messiah’s garments Psalm 22:18, Luke 23:34 Matthew 27:35-36; Messiah’s bones would not be broken Exodus 12:46, Psalm 34:20, John 19:33-36.
The Messiah would be forsaken by God. Psalm 22:1, Matthew 27:46, Messiah would pray for his enemies Psalm 109:4 Luke 23:34; Soldiers would pierce Messiah’s side Zechariah 12:10 John 19:34; Messiah would be buried with the rich Isaiah 53:9, Matthew 27:57-60; Messiah would resurrect from the dead Psalm 16:10, Psalm 49:15, Matthew 28:2-7, Acts 2:22-32; Messiah would ascend to heaven Psalm 24:7-10, Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51; Messiah would be seated at God’s right hand Psalm 68:18, Psalm 110:1, Mark 16:19, Matthew 22:44; Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin Isaiah 53:5-12 Romans 5:6-8; Messiah would return a second time Daniel 7:13-14, and Revelation 19.
These are just some passages in the Bible that prophesied the first and second advent of the Lord Jesus as the Messiah or the anointed by God to redeem humankind.
And all these events are already done deal by God in eternity and for us who have responded for the offer of God to be saved through repentance and trust in His Son Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will be with Him for eternity in Heaven.