One of the wonderful truths of Christ’s birth is the cer-tainty of God’s covenant with us. For Christ is our covenant Head; and that covenant is the relationship of friendship God establishes between Himself and His chosen people.
Jesus was born in a stable, a place of abject poverty, fit only for cattle. But as Covenant Head He realized for us a house of many mansions where we may live with God in a glory which eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, and has never entered into the heart of man (I Cor. 2:9). This is possible only because God’s Son came into our flesh as our Covenant Head.
Of this God spoke in Psalm 89:28 where we read: “My mercy will I keep for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.” This follows the statement concerning Jesus: “I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.” That does refer to the birth of Christ which always but especially at this time of the year we celebrate. Let us sing:
For him My mercy shall endure,
My covenant made with him is sure,
His throne and race I will maintain
Forever as the heavens remain.
The sad thing is that at this time of the year we are so cluttered up with worldly things and put Christ’s birth out of mind; and this past Christmas, most likely, is not still of great importance to us.
For the world, Christmas is long gone; and now there is the grief of all those bills for the gifts that were purchased. But is there really a good reason why we still should not sing of His birth and talk about it?
If His birth did not take place, the cross could never have happened; and we would still be in our sins. Then as covenant breakers we could only expect the opposite of covenant blessedness. But now we can be absolutely sure that God’s covenant and its promises stand. We have nothing to fear. And Christ’s ascension to God’s right hand is the assurance that we will enjoy covenant blessedness in God’s house.
Read: Psalm 89:20-37
Psalter versification: 243:6
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.