It is true?
It’s so unbelievable, so unprecedented, just impossible to comprehend. Yet here is the prophecy from the Scriptures of thousands of years ago:
“A woman is with child and shall bear a son who shall be called Emmanuel – God is with us.” (Isaiah 7:14)
God is to be among us as a child. But why? I wonder if it could be that:
God so loves the world that He gives His only Son so that those who believe in him will not perish but will have eternal life.
But how do we know this man is the deliverer of this promise? I would want to hear him testify clearly to his mission by saying:
The one who sent me is true, and you do not know Him. I know Him, because I am from Him, and He sent me.
And what of all the people who suffer and yearn for peace? Can he assure them of salvation? Would he pledge to them:
I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Never hunger, never thirst. That would be awesome. But what if we fail along the way, what if our weaknesses undermine our goodness? I pray this man God has sent is not someone I should fear. It would be so comforting to hear him say:
I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
And how are we to act among one another? It would be wonderful if people everywhere would join together and follow and believe in the holiness of God’s Son. Then the world would truly be saved. So will this child grow to be the man who teaches us about love with these words:
As I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
It’s so incredible to imagine God would send a child into the world to deliver us to Heaven. But Lord, I will follow, if I can hear this man, Your Son, declare:
I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
It’s late in December and cold. Snow drifts softly from the evening sky. Look, there in the stillness, high above the earth, a lone star shines bright. It’s light embraces me and fuels me with hope. And it makes me wonder:
Can a baby save the world?
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