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When I examine the Christmas Story, I discover God’s personality.
God’s plan is to use regular people.
Although God foretold Jesus’ coming and many facts of His birth, those who were used by God were surprised, that He chose them. They were going about their daily lives, when angels appear making life changing proclamations. Zechariah (Luke 1:13), Mary (Luke 1:26-28), Joseph (Matthew 1:24), and the shepherds (Luke 2:8-14) were each unaware, until that moment, that they were part of God’s divine plan. Even though an angel may not visit you, you are significant to God’s purpose (Psalms 139:17, 18).
God’s actions are illogical to people.
If I were to choose the parents of my only son from all of humanity, I would look for people of influence. Mary and Joseph were humble. If I were going to announce the birth of my son, I would alert the media, the religious officials, and those with power. God used a star (Matthew 2:2), some shepherds (Luke 2:20), old people (Luke 2:26, 37), and foreigners (Matthew 2:3-5). If I were to select a birthplace, I definitely would not pick a stable.Therefore, I need to quit trying to understand God’s methodology.
God deserves praise not blame.
In these passages, I don’t see people blaming God for their problems in these chapters. God is not offended by Mary questioning her pregnancy (Luke 1:34) God never scolds the mothers for weeping. (Matthew 2:18) He realizes that we are only human; however, I try to make God conform to humanity. The best remedy for my presumption is to start praising God. This story is full of examples: Mary (Luke 1:46-55), Zacharias (Luke 1: 68-79), shepherds (Luke 2:20), Simeon (Luke 2:28-32), Anna (Luke 2:38), and the wise men (Matthew 2:11).
God wants to be in harmony with each person.
This desire is shown throughout the first Christmas. John’s purpose was to turn Israel back to God (Luke 1:16, 17). God cares about lowly maids (Luke 1:48, NKJV). Jesus came for all people (Luke 2:10). God provides the ability for man to experience peace with Him (Luke 2:14). He selects the shepherds (Luke 2:15). Jesus is for all people (Luke 2:32 NKJV).
God does the impossible. (Luke 1:37)
There is a long list of miracles:
Pregnancy for the barren (Luke 1:36)
Zachariah becomes mute (Luke 1:22)
John is filled with Holy Spirit while in Elizabeth’s womb (Luke 1:41)
Zachariah’s speech restored (Luke 1:64)
The virgin becomes pregnant (Matthew 1:20)
Governmental degree fulfills prophecy (Luke 2:1, 2)
Bethlehem is the prophesied birthplace (Luke 2:5-7)
People can be saved from their sins (Matthew 1:21)
A star is directed (Matthew 2:9)
Dreams are invaded (Matthew 2:13)
God is described.
The first Christmas illustrates God’s character and roles.
He chooses to be with mankind. (Matthew 1:23)
He guides the path of the magi. (Matthew 2:12)
He protects Jesus from death. (Matthew 2:13-15)
He answers prayers the prayers for a baby. (Luke 1:13)
No one is higher than Him. (Luke 1:32)
Nothing is impossible for Him.(Luke 1:37 NKJV)
He is Savior. (Luke 1:47)
He is mighty and holy. (Luke 1:49)
He is merciful.(Luke 1:50)
He judges the proud and rich (Luke 1:51, 53)
He fills the hungry. (Luke 1:53)
He keeps promises (Luke 1:55)
God’s redemptive plan is not finished; we are still on planet Earth, and there are still people who do not know God. Even today, God does the impossible, surprising people with His plan, wanting our worship, and working in unexpected illogical ways. It is our responsibility to introduce others to the mighty, holy, merciful Savior, so they can be in harmony with the highest Protector. Click here to read how you can have peace with God.