Have you ever wondered about the sovereignty (possession of highest authority and power) of God? I mean, is He really in control of everything? And if He really is in control of everything, is He in control of my life?
You may think those are odd questions to run through my mind when we are preparing for the birth of Christ and in today’s reading, it is His birth that we are waiting for. But this is one of the events in history that I turn to as a reminder of God’s amazing sovereignty and His perfect planning and excellent execution of events. It’s an especially good reminder for when life doesn’t look like how I think it should.
The birth of the King of Kings, Emmanuel, God’s only Son didn’t look like what the Jewish people were expecting either. If you and I are honest, would any of us have dreamed up that the Savior of the world would be born in a manger in a dank cave with stinky animals around? I think not. That is why this passage is so comforting for me because when you look at the birth of Jesus, you are looking at a cataclysmic miracle.
Did you know that the very first prophesy about Jesus was in the very first book of the Bible? It says in Genesis 3:15 that “In the entire Bible, only one man was “born of the seed of a woman,” all others are born of the seed of a man. Below are some of the other prophesies spoken of in scripture regarding the birth of Jesus:
“All the families of the earth will be blessed through Abraham.”
“He will be of the house of David.”
“He will be born of a virgin—a natural birth of an unnatural conception.”
“He will be born in the city of David in Bethlehem.”
In fact, there are 60 major prophesies about the birth of Christ. A man by the name of Peter W. Stoner wrote a book to prove that the coincidence of all these prophesies happening in one person (Jesus) is ruled out by the science of probability.
Christ’s birth and fulfillment of all prophecy is a complete miracle. His birth didn’t look anything like what we humans would have designed for the King of Kings. The birth of Jesus reveals God’s character and is a great reminder: God is in control. God loves us. God is still there even when life doesn’t look like what we imagined.
Jesus is God’s gift of love to us. He was and is God’s invitation in the flesh for us to know the Father in a personal way.
When the entire world seems out of control and crazy we can remember this: “For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)