Jesus was born of Mary in Bethlehem of Judea. He was the long awaited Messiah, who came to deliver you from physical and spiritual bondage. His birth was prophesied by that Old Testament prophet, Micah:
2 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 (Micah 5:2; NASB, NIV, ESV).
This was Jesus, the great I AM, who delivered the people of Israel from Egyptian bondage, who brought them safely through the wilderness into the Promised Land, who established His covenant — His promise of salvation — not only with Israel, but with everyone who hears and obeys His voice. His invitation is to all people:
28 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matt. 11:28-30; NASB, NIV, ESV).
Jesus promises you rest if you (1) come unto Him; (2) take His yoke upon you; and (3) learn of Him. His yoke is light, especially when compared to the burdens you carry through life. He comprehends your needs perfectly, and knows how to give you relief.
Who can adequately describe the life of Christ? Many have tried, but the works of only a few reflect the majesty of the One perfect being. Frederic W. Farrar (1831-1903) was one of these, who wrote of his own work in Life of Christ: “And now I send these pages forth not knowing what shall befall them, but with the earnest prayer that they may be blessed to aid the cause of truth and righteousness, and that He in whose name they are written may, of His mercy, ‘Forgive them where they fail in truth, And in His wisdom make me wise.’”
According to Farrar, the effects “of the work of Christ are, even to the unbeliever, indisputable and historical.” The works of Christ to the believer “are something deeper still; to him they are nothing less than a resurrection from the dead, … which far transcends its historical significance.”
“[Believers see] in the cross of Christ … the fulfilment of all prophecy as well as the consummation of all history; [they see] in it the explanation of the mystery of birth, and the conquest over the mystery of the grave. In that life [they find] a perfect example; in that death [they find] an infinite redemption.”