Ring the Bells -- By Elizabeth Price

Christmas is where "the search for Truth ends in the birth of one special child." This is a tiny statement from a good message that came through on my computer. The whole message was good but something about this sentence rang bells - Christmas bells, bells of good cheer, bells of peace, bells of understanding, bells of declaration.

You see, the Bible sets out the purpose of man right in the first chapter. God, that is Elohim or God in the plural, said, 'Let us make man in our image.' He did just that but then we get 66 books of the disaster of man who changed his image into something less and infected the entire creation.

Yet all through those 66 books, God keeps telling us about another Man to come, a second one 'who is the image of God,' 2nd Corinthians 4:4. He will be what the first one failed to be.

For centuries, the hope and desire of all God's people centred on One to come and Isaiah tells us he will come as a newborn, a baby who is the embodiment of the whole Godhead - "the Counsellor, the Eternal Father, the Prince of Peace," Isaiah 9:6. He is the One who brings to fruition the declaration of Genesis 1:26, 'Let us make man in our image.' He is the One who is the 'express image of God,' as our old Bible translations used to say, the second person to be made in the image of God.

The NIV puts it this way, 'The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being,' Hebrews 1:3. He is the exact representation of God!

Genesis 1:26 is completed in the birth of Jesus and ratified in Hebrews so that the whole 66 books of the Bible have meaning. It is in this that we have the deepest meaning of Christmas, the fulfillment of all hope for eternal peace and good will.

Ring the bells! The search for Truth ends in the birth of one special child so ring the Christmas declaration, 'You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.' 'Glory to God in highest heaven, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests,' Luke 2:12,14.

Yes, Ring the bells!

By Just a Minute team writer Elizabeth Price.

You can contact Elizabeth direct at mailto:reprice@dragnet.com.au