Christ Changed History
As we focus on the celebration of Christ’s birth, we recognize that Christ and Christianity are the foundation of our lives. Jesus Christ is our hope, our Savior, the Author of liberty, and much more. The prophet Isaiah said it this way, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end…” Isaiah 9:6-7
The influence of Christ in our world truly cannot be measured. From a historical perspective, He is the focus of all of history. The Mighty Works of God series for children presents it this way.
“Christ’s coming to earth is the most important event of all history. All events, before and after Christ, point to his coming.
“When God created man, He created him without sin. However, man chose to disobey God and man became a sinner.
“God provided a way for sins to be forgiven. That forgiveness could only come through the shedding of blood. ‘Without shedding of blood is no remission.’ Hebrews 9:22b.
“The Old Testament promised there would be a Saviour, the Messiah. The people who lived before Christ could only be redeemed as they believed in the promise of the Savior. The law which was given to Moses included many ceremonies and sacrifices. All of the ceremonies and sacrifices foretold Christ’s coming and death on the cross.
“Hundreds of years before Christ’s birth, the prophet Isaiah wrote about Christ’s death and man’s need of a Savior. ‘But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.’ Isaiah 53:5-6.
“Each man, woman, boy, or girl who believes in Jesus can have his sins forgiven. This salvation gives eternal life. ‘He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.’ John 3: 36.
“Christ came to fulfill all the promises God had given in the Old Testament. He was the sacrifice for all sins. With Christ’s death, His shedding of blood, man could come to God through Christ. The ceremonies and sacrifices of the Old Testament law were fulfilled. Since Christ’s death and resurrection, the sacrifices and ceremonies that were given in the Old Testament are no longer required.” (Ruth Smith, The Mighty Works of God: Divine Providence)
Truly the coming of Christ changed history. If we consider the work of Christ, changing the hearts of men, we will recognize the significance of self government and liberty. It is the foundation on which individuals, families, and nations can discover the manifold blessings of Christ and Christianity.