Yesterday (12/7/2017), the weather in Texas so graphically illustrates that some things can change quickly. At mid-day, 50 degrees; by 5 pm snow is falling; and at 9 pm Austin Independent School District (AISD) schools announced a Friday closing. From a human perspective we live daily on the unknown precipice of constant change. We check the news feeds on our phones expecting to be informed of the latest change. At times we applaud and sometimes we weep.
Yet from the perspective of a Sovereign God, change is not random, a spur of the moment inspiration, or a knee-jerk reaction to the events and affairs of men and nations. The Apostle Paul commenting on the birth of Jesus writes in Galatians 4:4, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption…”
No wonder the heavenly host broke out in an epic anthem of angelic praise at the birth of Jesus which I am sure would make the magical work of Handel’s “Messiah” sound rather thin. The Redeemer, God With Us, Immanuel, had entered man’s history to restore that which was broken by sin. The Angelic party was in full swing while Satan and his evil hordes faced the new reality they were now broken. As C.S. Lewis noted in the Chronicles of Narnia, the snow of perpetual winter was giving way to spring. The curse was breaking. Only a few years would pass and at the resurrection of Jesus, the curse would be forever broken!
The Christmas story is a major story of galactic proportions. In this Story is bundled all that speaks of God’s passionate heart for you and I and all of His creation. As a church we have been looking at the Christmas Story from the perspective of those in the Story and what their story says to us about our journey with God and the changes He wants to make in our lives. God invites us to be a part of the epic crescendo He is sovereignly directing to His good and perfect end.
We encourage you to join us as we celebrate Jesus this December. Have a Great Christmas with family and friends.
Rejoicing in His Gift to Us,