Simple Truth| Fewer and fewer people these days are aware of the prophecy relating to Jesus’ birth. In this same light, fewer and fewer people are aware of the words that are written in the bible concerning their own birth. Speaking of the birth of Jesus, in Micah 5:2 we read, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” So in this verse we are told that Jesus would come out of a little town called Bethlehem. The understanding is that this town used to be called Ephratah, so Micah is making it completely clear as to exactly which town he was talking about when he says Bethlehem Ephratah. Micah also makes it clear that Jesus’ goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. This simply means that Jesus has always been in existence and in this sense, He comes from everlasting and goes forth.
We read of Jesus’ goings forth in the Old Testament of the Bible. It was Jesus and God who created the world, the sun, the moon, and the stars. We read of this in John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”
So Jesus’ goings forth from of old clearly started from everlasting and in this world with the very creation of the world itself and the creation of the sun, the moon, and the stars. Also in the Old Testament, we read of the many times that the Lord God spoke to many different people. The first time we hear of the Lord speaking with people is in the Garden of Eden when He spoke to Adam and Eve. He went on also (or went forth) to speak to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the kings and prophets. A simple way to understand when the Bible is talking about Jesus in the Old Testament is when it uses the word “Lord”. Jesus, we read, is LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:16) so the Lord is always Jesus in the Bible and the Lord, or the use of the word “Lord” appears or goes forth throughout the whole Bible from the beginning to the end. So clearly, His goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
In the New Testament, something was going to change with Jesus’ going forth from of old, from everlasting. Something both incredible and wonderful was about to happen. Jesus, in all of His existence in going forth from of old was not what we call human, in other words, He was not flesh as we are. This is what is incredible, and for us wonderful, in that Jesus became as one of us. We read in John 1:14, “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.” So God is the very Father of Jesus; this is why we read that Jesus is “the only begotten of the Father” (He didn’t have an earthy father, His Father was God) because God is the very Father of Jesus. So Jesus is called the “Son of God” and the “Son of Man” (Son of Mary) in the New Testament.
So here we have Jesus, born in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and was found laying in a manger (cow trough) by some shepherds. An angel had told these shepherds that it would definitely be Jesus that they would find due to the unusual fact that the very KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, the very creator of Heaven and earth, the very person who had gone forth from of old in all of the Old Testament, walking and talking with all of the saints, prophets, kings, judges and even talking with Moses who referred to Him as being the “everlasting arms”. This all being so, and yet they would find Him of all places, in a cow trough wrapped in swaddling clothes. Now He is a new born and somewhat helpless baby, His tongue is tied in that He cannot speak a word and the everlasting arms are now bound in swaddling clothes. Jesus in this sense, is starting out His small life as one of us, a tiny and helpless baby except for the help of His earthly mother and father whose responsibility it was to look after Him.
Jesus came here to become completely as one of us. His whole life would be mapped out by God: the very place He was born, the parents He would have, what countries He would visit – Matthew 2:15 (Egypt), what kind of life He would have “He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3) and what kind of death He would have “…They shall look on him whom they pierced” (Zechariah 12:10).
In the book of John, we read, “But as many as received him (Jesus), to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). This verse tells us that Jesus came into the world for our sakes so that we might receive Him. In John 1:13 we are told that the ones who would believe in Him “…were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God”. So in this same sense, just as Jesus was born, not of blood (race), nor of the will of the flesh (sex and mother nature), nor of the will of man (planned parenthood), but of God and was made flesh, so were we made flesh. We were created as human beings to believe in God and in Jesus; our very lives are mapped out. The place and country we are born into, the mother and father we have and the life and death we will have is all mapped out by God Himself, also judging by the choices that we will make ourselves. Our lives are all in God’s hands and God has a special plan for all of us. A big part of that special plan is that we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord & Saviour. Jesus whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. Simply ask Jesus into your heart and receive Him and then you too can go forth with Him for all eternity. Put all of your mistakes behind you and put Jesus before you and go forward with Him!