Well, the season has begun. Christmas decorating to be completed, Christmas presents to be purchased, Christmas parties to be attended, and even special foods and baked goods to be prepared. Whew! I’m tired already. In order to get everything done by the correct time we need a Plan. I am known in my family as the one who always wants a plan; it comes natural to me and life seems less complicated and stressful. God is the Supreme Planner and His Plan was created even before it was needed. Isn’t that amazing?
The family of Abraham was chosen to inaugurate His Plan and it progressed through the generations of shepherds and nomads until the family of King David. This royal family line would produce another king unlike any royalty they had seen before. The coming Messiah would be a spiritual King at His birth (Jesus was not a king in Bethlehem) and a physical King at His Return, which we eagerly anticipate. Now stay with me…
God’s Plan was to give mankind the opportunity to be cleansed from sin and therefore its punishment but also the privilege of joining Him again, as in the Garden of Eden, participating in His rule and reign. That’s why we celebrate Christmas. God became part of us, a human being, in order to suffer our death sentence; in order to restore our true destiny. Wow, what a Plan.
There is a passage in the Bible, Isaiah 9:6 that tells us that this Child born to us would be a miracle-worker (Wonder-ful), He would be a Counselor (therapy at no cost!), He would be the Father of Eternity (Everlasting Father), God of all Might and Power, and the Prince of Peace. Now that is Good News!
But I like verse 7 which is often left out of the Christmas scriptures:
His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen! (Isaiah 9:7 NLT)
This tells us that the Plan didn’t end with Christmas, His birth, or even Easter, His death and resurrection. The Plan will continue throughout all eternity! Bottom line: the kingdom living that God wants us to experience, that He is passionately committed to, began in the Garden of Eden, continued through history to the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and consummates at His Return and is forever. Now, that is something to meditate on and even celebrate this Christmas.