Part 7 of a series ending Christmas Day with the Messiah’s birth.
When I was 13, I endeavored to build a balsa wood glider. It was much harder than I imagined. But I had help from my Father who was a pilot and an expert on all things aviation. Often he advised me to build the plane in ways that I thought unnecessary. But he was always right. I could have saved a lot of time if I had just believed what my Father told me.
What our Heavenly Father said about the Messiah started in Genesis and continued throughout the Old Testament. He said the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. That his mother would be a virgin and give birth to a son; calling him Emmanuel. He would sit on David’s throne, reigning over his kingdom. The Messiah would be anointed with the Holy Spirit, to be a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. The Father foretold that His Son would be despised, forsaken, and pierced. Scripture said his disciples would abandon him and sell him for 30 pieces of silver.
In a few days Christians worldwide will acknowledge the birth of Christ. Millions of beleivers will attend a Christmas Eve service. Fireplaces will glow with the warmth and joy of stockings hung. Presents will be exchanged, special music played, and candles lit. Countless other traditions will be observed, the traditions of nations, cultures, and homes around the globe. But the celebrations would cease, in fact would never happen, if the Father hadn’t said so. Before the world began, before time even started, the Father’s plan to create humanity in His image already existed. As was his plan to redeem them for having chosen the darkness.
Remember that glider I built? It was really sweet, and beautiful, and perfect. It flew like the wind, just like my Father said it would. I only needed to believe.
Along with the presents and the knee deep wrapping paper, take a moment to reflect that from the beginning God planned to come near. He came in perfection, he came as an infant in innocence, and he came destined to die for a sinful world; and why? Because the Father said so, we only need to believe.