A Letter from Our Minister of Visitation
Recently, I heard a certain pastor use the word “choose” in several different settings. He used the word refer-ring to us, “choosing” to serve God and to Love others. We make choices every day. In fact, it is estimated that adults make 35,000 1 choices each day. After reading a devotion by Max Lucado 2, I thought about the choice that God made in how He redeemed a world of lost people back to Himself.
God chose a young Jewish girl to give birth to a tiny baby. To redeem us through a baby born in a manger, an animal feeding box. A miraculous birth, unlike any before it and any births after it. Is that how you and I would have chosen to redeem our people back to ourselves, if we were God? I don’t think so. We would have used some of the majesty and power like what was used at the dividing of the red sea or the power of raising someone from the dead.
Think about it, God starts with a baby, who grows into a young man, just like you and I have experienced life. Then there is the thing with the cross. One of the most brutal ways for someone to die. God could have sent down thousands of angels to take Jesus off the cross and take over. That is probably what I would have done. Jesus chose to go to the cross. He chose to take on the sins of the world. He chose to Love us.
So why talk about all this Easter stuff at Christmas. Because it all started with how God chose to redeem the world, through a little baby. “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”, Isaiah 9:6
I am forever grateful that God chose to redeem us. I hope that you have felt His redemptive power and experience God’s Love through the Christ child.
Have a Blessed Christmas with your family!