Long before the advent of Christ Jesus onto planet Earth, the anointed of God was chosen by God. In fact, in order for Christ to come into human flesh and blood, it was necessary that He be chosen by God first. This was a prerequisite for Him to come to Earth to save mankind.
Matt 12:18 quotes Isaiah 42:1 from the Old Testament which says,
BEHOLD, MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN;
MY BELOVED IN WHOM MY SOUL is WELL-PLEASED;
I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM,
AND HE SHALL PROCLAIM JUSTICE TO THE GENTILES.
BELOVED BY CHOICE
I believe that Jesus being the Chosen One of God is related to the fact that He’s the Beloved One of God. That He’s chosen because He’s beloved, that He’s beloved because He’s chosen.
Last night I watched a Christmas movie with my mom and sister (the kind moms and sisters sometimes like to watch together) about a prince choosing a princess for love, not for status or title. Much like in Disney’s version of Cinderella, the prince chose his princess based on love alone.
I believe Jesus being chosen by God is much like that, only this has much more significance for you and I than simply being a tale of love between two others! In Ephesians 1:3-6, we glimpse these two concepts (being both chosen and beloved) intertwined again, and we begin to see how God choosing Jesus relates to us.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
POSITIONED IN HIM
I absolutely love this passage. This passage tells us that because of our relationship to Christ, we are chosen and accepted in the Beloved. Do you see how “Beloved” is capitalized? The translators of this passage are seeking to communicate to the reader that this title “the Beloved” is referring to Christ Himself. Based on the fact that we are in Christ (notice the repetition of the phrase “in Christ” in the passage above), we are also chosen and beloved. Because He chose Christ, He chose us. Because Christ is His Beloved, we are accepted as such too.
See, when God chose Christ, long before He came as an infant on Christmas, He chose us too. We were a package deal, together with Christ. He didn’t only choose the head, He chose the head with it’s body. In other words, God chose the entire race of people held within Christ when He chose Christ.
You can begin to see the love with which God loves us! And you can begin to see the magnitude of our position in Christ Jesus. To be in Christ has far more significance than simply being named a Christian. It means that who Christ is, is who we are. And what is Christ’s presently in the heavenliness, is ours too, even now! We’re one with Him, part of Him. And so we too are the chosen and beloved of God!
CHOSEN AND PRECIOUS GEMSTONES
Peter explains this another way. He calls Jesus a “chosen stone”, which, laid as a foundation, is built upon with other “living stones” to create a holy temple for God. A place where God dwells.
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood…. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect [chosen], precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”… 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:4-9)
CHRIST THE QUALIFIED ONE
God chose Christ as HIs Beloved. When He chose Christ, He chose Christ’s whole race which would come from Him. And because He was the Chosen, Beloved of God, and the original one of His race, He was exactly suited and qualified to come onto the soil of earth, into a suit of earth, to purchase us out of the dark slave market of earth. There was no one more suited for the task. There was no one even eligible but Him. As the Chosen and Beloved of God, His acceptance meant ours. His love for us, meant God’s. His appeal for us meant God’s plan for our freedom.
And so the story of Christmas got underway.
Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Eph. 5:26-27)
PREPARING OUR HEARTS
Today, as you shop for Christmas gifts, decorate your home, or set about whatever joyful Christmas preparations may be on your list, take time to consider how Jesus was chosen long ago by God in love. How He is God’s Beloved. And how, by your being part of His race, via the Holy Spirit in you, you were chosen and beloved long ago in Him; and thus destined for Life and freedom and reigning and inheritance in love with God forever… Think on these things, dwell on the glorious beauty of these things. Dare to believe these things this Christmas season.
“We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1 John 4:16)