The coming of Christ on that first Christmas morning was not only God’s idea, but it was also something He chose to do for mankind. There was no human who helped to achieve what happened on that day. No human being can take any credit for what took place, nor could any person take credit for the lasting effect it would have through all time. It was God and God alone Who put His plan and purposes into action for the sake of every person ever born. Humanity had to just stand back and see what God was doing and so we had to stop and pause to consider such a great and wonderful kindness. Think of the wise men. They were just doing what they had always done and suddenly, a star appears, and the rest is history – that is the mystery of Christmas. It is a moment in time when there is a movement in the spiritual or heavenly realm, when for a moment heaven touches the earth and things are never as they were.
Luke 1:68‘Blessed (praised, glorified) be the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited us and brought redemption to His people.’
God visited His people on that wonderful day when Jesus was born. It was such a significant moment in time that all of history has not forgotten it, nor has it been able to undo its effect and importance.
John 1:14‘So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.’
CHRISTMAS HAPPENED BY GOD’S DESIGN
If modern man had to arrange the idea of a Christmas, it would in all likelihood be very different. Years ago, in the church that I was a part of, I would often be involved with our special Christmas production. Every year it had to be bigger and better than in the past and we called it our ‘Christmas Extravaganza!’ Everything about it was grand and monumental. I remember one year we even had someone dressed as an angel abseil down a rope from the roof to the stage. The only problem was that the rope stretched, and she almost bumped a few people’s heads en route to the stage. But God’s idea for Christmas was not like we humans would do it. There was no extravaganza or drama. He sent a star to some wisemen. He sent a choir of angels to some unsuspecting shepherds, and He sent a baby in a manger to change the world. He chose a simple servant girl to carry this great Gift and allowed the Saviour of the world to be born in a stable. Human wisdom would have designed something much more appropriate and significant, but this was God’s design.
1 Corinthians 1:27‘Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.’
God’s ways are not our ways, and His ways are so much higher than our ideas or imagination. Perhaps it’s in the very simplicity of things that we find God in all His splendour.
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