Christmas afterthoughts from a previous year
We had a great Christmas here. No presents were exchanged, a few were brought in from outside the family. We had a great dinner , and treated it like a dear friends birthday, cake and all.
Reflecting over the Christmas holiday I have to sit back and consider what all was involved, and what a miracle it was.
Now I know that God is "all seeing" and "all powerful", but he is also a God of choice. He did not command anyone in this whole scene to do or act a certain way; they just happened to. Mary was not order to carry the savior:
She could have said "aint no way! Them priest going to think I'm a tainted woman. I have a husband to be and I'm not messin that up" but she didn't.
Joseph after finding that his wife to be was now with child that was NOT his could have had her stoned, but being a good man he considered just sending her away; but he didn't:
Joseph could have considered the Angels visit a result of a piece of moldy matza bread, but he didn't:
Zacharias is an example of the free choice all had on the story. To put it in modern term he told the Angel "Aint no way that's going to happen". And the Angle said "Ya-Way, and since you are too stubborn to believe it I will make you voiceless". So he took a mandatory vow of silence for 6 months, he lived: and he DID have the choice.
You see God did not make these character a bunch of mindless robots, they all had FREE CHOICE. Does that mean God is Pro-Choice? We will go into that later. I have been reading some interesting material, I will go into on another message.
Other variables that COULD have happened (not Biblical). What would have happened to the prophecy if the innkeeper was a soft hearted person and made room for Joseph and Mary in the inn. Those shepherds sure would have been puzzle when they found an empty manger. Or would the Angel managed to get the Star shifted over to the Tavern, and what kind of a party would the drinkers in the tavern had when they found out their salvation was in the next room.
Yes that's a far fetched story, but an example of how easily the whole prophecy could have been changed by one simple thing changing. But God gave them a free choice, and yet it happened just the way he predicted. With all the variables that COULD have happened I am truly blessed and amazed. If you say he is all knowing then where does our choice come in? He would know who his people were without their choosing.
The final question I have is after pondering this amazing birth, and now knowing about his death, burial and resurrection, with all the historical proof it did happen; how could anyone in their right mind choose not to follow my Savior Jesus Christ, yet the world considers us the fools.
Freedom of Choice or Pro-Choice verses just freedom. More to ponder on in the coming weeks.
Ponder This from Mike.
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