Have you ever considered the power and effort God the Father put into just announcing Jesus’ arrival on earth? Consider these truths.
From time beginning God planned the lineage of Christ. In Joseph’s family God worked through 28 generations, 14 before and 14 after Babylonian captivity using over 40 families. God gave us the Messiah’s name, place and circumstances of His birth. (Isaiah 9:6; Micah 5:2)
There are 12 people surrounding Christ’s birth that God uses as a testimony to His power. Although Israel’s sin caused their captivity in Babylon, God used this time to present the Messianic prophecies to three pagan rulers who would track them and anticipate, even discover Christ’s arrival where the Jews did not. God appointed the heavens to declare Jesus arrival with a star oriented over Bethlehem. (Matthew 1; 2:1-2)
Within the year of His birth, God used the elderly Elizabeth and Zacharius in a repeat of Abraham and Sarah. Elizabeth bore John the Baptist, a cousin of Jesus who announced His ministry. We find Elizabeth’s babe leaping joyously in her womb to see Jesus and His mother Mary. (Luke 1:18-54)
God used His angel Gabriel to announce to and encourage Mary and Joseph. An entire host of angels sing to common shepherds in the fields with their humble flocks. (Luke 1:26-38)
Anna and Simeon both anticipated Jesus’ arrival and testified of their anticipation of His arrival. (Luke 2:25-36) Akin to God’s use of Pharaoh in Exodus,we find a purely wicked Herod used of God to testify of Christ, His birth and rightful position as King as well as Messianic office. (Matthew 2:1-12)
From the stars in the heavens, the angelic host, the people of the day, animals and even Satan’s minions, God used all of His creation to announce, confirm and give great validity to His Son.
We serve an awesome and glorious God who works miraculously in His whole creation even through great expanses of time. What power, omnipotence, planning, and forethought. We celebrate the ultimate blessing and present to mankind, the culmination of all of God’s work to the point of His birth, the Savior of the whole world, Jesus our Lord. Praise God for His love, power, might and grace.