First Baptist Church Marshallville
Monday, November 18, 2019
Rooted in the Past -- Growing Into Our Future

From The Under Shepherd Dec 26, 2011

Christmas
 
        God worked for centuries to execute his plan—conceived before the creation of the world—to restore us to himself.   He made choices beginning with Abraham to work through a certain people to bring about the fulfillment of his plan.   Though the descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob were a “stiff-necked” people (like all of us!), he patiently worked through a faithful remnant to arrive finally at the birth of the Redeemer.   Paul declares that in the "fullness of time" (Galatians 4:4), that is, at the right time, God sent his Son into the world.   That birth is recorded for us in both Matthew and Luke, with Luke giving us the fuller account of the actual birth.
 
        Though Luke sets his birth narrative in the context of the Roman Empire (Luke 2:1-2), his focus is clearly not on Caesar Augustus but on the baby born in a stable.   Caesar can issue decrees that require people to travel to register for taxation; but the baby born under unusual conditions has an angel announce his birth and a multitude of heavenly hosts to sing praises.   The tone of Luke's narrative exudes joy, as indeed the birth of such a baby should. 
 
       Today we, along with hundreds of millions of people around our globe, celebrate that birth.   World history pivots on the life of Jesus Christ; we even divide time based on the date of his birth.   For 2000 years societies have been built upon his teaching and the energy and commitment of those transformed by his death and resurrection.  
 
         Jesus broke into history once; life on Earth has not been the same.   He will come again; history will radically change again.   Do you believe this?   Then, rejoice!   Celebrate Jesus!