When it came to His Son, God the Father went to very extravagant lengths to not only plan how to provide for man’s salvation, but to announce that plan and especially highlight the individual designed to carry it out. God wants everyone, and all of history, to know about His Son.
One has to ask, how would the God of eternity announce the arrival of His own Son to mankind? What would He do? One thing we can agree on, He would stretch out His notice throughout the history of mankind to ensure the widest possible dissemination. He would document it in many ways, through many means and using many different individuals. We might even surmise God may use men to exemplify what His Son will do. We are all capable of character and God can ordain any man’s training through life to develop Christlike character.
When we search the scriptures, we find God declaring His Son through many different forms of communication. He chooses people to exemplify Christ. He uses interactions with people in stressful times, times of judgment, times where faith is tested, events that describe Messiah’s character and above all speaking of the Christ throughout His word.
From Enoch through Joseph we find men exemplifying Christ’s selflessness, His purity, His dedication. In Abraham we find faith exemplified, in the sacrifice of Isaac alone we find over 60 things that speak of Christ’s ministry and sacrifice on the cross. Even small glimpses such as the priest Melchizedek show character of our Messiah, and the worship, respect and recognition a priest should receive. Consider Joseph’s life and story and how many ways (at least 30) the events of his persecution and reaction to it exemplify Christ’s character.
What about events themselves? Do we trust God to know who to Judge? When the three men come to visit Abraham we see a Savior willing to let mere man (Abraham) Question His actions. Eventually, God shows that He should be trusted, and saves the only man worth saving, and even Lot had some very serious problems.
God’s word itself announces Jesus from Genesis 1 through Revelation, pictures of who He is, what He has done, God’s plans and the ultimate salvific action He took to save all mankind is pronounced loudly, clearly and repeatedly throughout history.
In the end, the perfect Father and would certainly announced His perfect Son because He perfectly loves Him. I pray you see Christ all the more through this Christmas season. His arrival was announced clearly and His life laid out specifically by His loving Father.