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Watch This Space, Says God…

November 30, 2015

Christmas… What is it all about? It’s really about the greatest miracle of all times. It’s about God doing what nobody would ever have guessed he would do. It’s about turning the world upside down and inside out. It’s about love – sacrificial love.

God knew the human dilemma before humanity did, and had a plan ready before it was even needed. It would take a long time, as well as blood, sweat and tears – both from his people and from God himself. But the end result was going to be glorious: a redeemed people gathered around the Saviour, God the Son, who had taken the curse and open the way for us to become children of God. And the Christmas message of peace and great joy was to be taken to the ends of the earth, so all could hear and believe.

That message is still spreading, because God’s plans cannot be thwarted. Unfortunately, the proclamations about the Saviour’s birth and ministry aren’t always received with open arms…

He will be born of a virgin. Ridiculous, sneers the biologist: human conception requires a male and a female. Incredible, states the sceptic: it’s unscientific. Watch this space, says God, and an angel suddenly appears to a young girl in Bethlehem.

He will be born in Bethlehem. Improbable, suggests the historian: it’s just a tiny village. Hoax, opines the journalist: a prophecy invented after the event. Watch this space, says God, and arranges a census.

A light for revelation to the Gentiles. Never, exclaims the rabbi: what do goyim have to do with the Jewish Messiah? Fascinating, muses the philosopher: such unrealistic optimism. Watch this space, says God, and invites a bunch of pagan star-gazers to the baby shower.

He will save his people from their sins. Unnecessary, proclaims the humanist: people are basically good. Impossible, writes the psychologist: it’s just human nature. Watch this space, says God, and dies on a cross.

He will reign forever. Naive, lectures the theologian: a residue from primitive religion. Dangerous, warns the politician: it’s undemocratic. Watch this space, says God, and returns in glory to judge the living and the dead…

Let’s not forget that Christmas is about the greatest rescue mission in the history of mankind: the Son of God coming to earth to die in our place. The eternal joy and peace that are promised in Jesus require the manger, the cross and the throne.

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