Outtakes from our Christmas newsletter
“I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning.” –King David (Psalm 130)
You’ve heard it said, “Death and taxes,” but I think we can add one more certainty in life…no one likes to wait. No one. Especially at Christmas when gifts flood our living rooms on December 25th.
In the Old Testament this is a very common theme, to “wait for the Lord.” Wait for what? Technically it’s on His coming through for you because of His love and goodness toward you, but the culmination of that was in His coming to Bethlehem (Matthew 1:23).
As Isaiah prophesied about 700 years before the Star appeared in Israel’s tiny town, the wait would finally end on the first Christmas:
“BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.”
The One waited for, for thousands of years by the Jewish people, arrived, in the flesh, as a tiny baby boy. Literally God in the flesh! His miracle birth goes back all the way to the very beginning in Genesis with Abram’s promise (Genesis 12:3),
“…. in you all the nations of the earth will be blessed.”
In the line of Abraham’s descendents, the Jews, God Himself would appear and save the world by blessing “all the nations” with a second chance. Forgiveness of all our sins. God sealed the salvation covenant with Abraham by walking through a cut up sacrificial animal. He literally “cut a deal” with Abraham (us) based on death and blood (Genesis 15).
Most objections to Jesus being the promised Messiah, Immanuel (God with us), as a human being cite biblical logic…all men are sinners and therefore the man Jesus could not be God. A logical objection that we experience daily since we have all sinned (Roman 3:23).
But in the objection is an objection to itself.
If all men are sinners (agreed we have all failed God’s standard), then we are prone to error, mistakes, and wrong reasoning. Namely, if God wants to appear to us as a mouse or a kumquat or a donkey…He has the right and power to do so.
Coming to us as a human being would seem to be the most logical way to communicate His ways and desires for us as one Himself. If He wanted to communicate with ants, He’d come as an ant, right?
And furthermore, if He came to break the death sentence of Sin, to end the blessing wait “for all nations,” it would be a perfect form to meet the requirements of the Passover sacrifice as a perfect lamb to be killed, providing He did live a perfect life.
The Christmas deal that God cut with His own blood, from Abraham to Bethlehem to the cross means the wait is over, but like all Christmas gifts you have to receive it.
“Safe?” said Mr Beaver…”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course He isn’t safe. But He’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name (John 1:12).”