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A strange way to save the world

Posted by Brandon Patton on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 11:20 AM

A virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name 'God with us'

Isaiah 7:14

I've never lost the wonder of hearing it. It has never become familiar to me. That the ruler of the universe who always has been and always will be, who created light with His voice, who named every star, chose to come to earth in the fashion that He did. Why a teenage girl that wasn't married yet? Why poor people? Why in a barn? Have you ever been in a barn that housed live animals? Would you want your child born on a dirt floor? Why the mystery surrounding the greatest birth in history? Why was it revealed only to cowboys? (a shepherd is a cowboy with a different animal) Why did the creator of the universe live in poverty? ("The Son of man has no place to lay His head" Matthew 8:20) Why was "God with us" rejected and persecuted by ministers? ("This man is not from God" John 9:16) Why did He only live 33 years? Why did He let men treat Him like they did? Could He not have called warring angels that would have reduced this earth to a morsel of dust? Why did God die? Of His own free will? ("No man takes my life from me, I lay it down willingly." John 10:18) The miracle of Christmas will always be the greatest mystery in world history. Nothing about His story makes natural human sense. If you were God would you have done it this way? If you have a son would you have done this to him? There can be no doubt that Isaiah 55:8 is true, "my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways".  There can only be one reason for the mystery surrounding His birth, life and sacrificial death. Its me. I am the reason. You also. The only explanation for this strange and wonderful series of events has to be "For God so loved Brian Biggers (insert your name) that He gave His only Son". As we enter this joyous season of the year where we celebrate with friends, enjoy all the festivities, exchange gifts and listen to the great music remember the reason. Its been said that "Jesus is the reason for the season". I'll give you that. The truth is that Jesus would always have been God without coming to earth. What would I have been if He hadn't come? Actually I am the reason for the season.  

"O holy Child of Bethlehem be born in us today."

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