Just suppose… [It isn’t always wise to do this. But for a moment let’s make it an exception to the rule.]… so just suppose that you were God, and you wanted to send a message to human beings, but you knew that human beings weren’t very good at listening. I’m told that at best we remember only about 20% of what we hear. The Scriptures tell us that for many centuries people largely ignored the messages God sent them, both in written form or spoken to them in the oracles of the prophets. I am reminded of the opening words to the epistle of Hebrews which declare,
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways,… Hebrews 1:1 TNIV
But they weren’t listening. So, suppose you are God, and you have Good News for people who are known to be unreceptive, news which could save them from disaster, the consequences of sin and moral self-destruction. More than that, this Good News would mean new life, peace, and joy if taken to heart, embraced and owned by faith. You have a plan to save humanity, but human beings are not listening, and all previous efforts to communicate with them have gone ignored. How would you communicate the Good News to them? How would you do that?
- Would you send supernatural messengers to tell them?
- Would you send ordinary folks to check out the story and bear witness?
- Would you send a sign in the skies for people to see?
A peculiar star perhaps?
- Would you send scholars to verify the facts and correlate the data?
Persian Magi perhaps?
- Would you condescend to the human condition and simply tell them yourself in the flesh?
God’s Son, Jesus Christ perhaps?
The amazing fact of history is that God did ALL those things! Does He get your attention? That is what Christmas is really about.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 ESV