Today’s advent reflection is by Don Nordin the pastor of CT Church Houston (www.ctchurch.tv), a congregation with more than 2,000 people in weekly attendance. With a focus on training leaders, he travels extensively as a speaker to revivals, camp meetings, and conferences. He lives with his wife in Houston, TX.
Christians are people of faith. How else can we believe that God spoke the world into existence and created man from dust? How else can we make sense that an eternal God would take on flesh and walk among a sinful society for 33 years? If not by faith, how could we dare think that an all-powerful God would allow his sinless son to die for all humanity, then live again after three days in the grave and ascend to his father? It defies reason, but we believe, and our faith pleases God (Heb. 11:6). Nowhere does faith run headlong into reason more than in the Christmas story. That wonder-filled story is the essence of paradox— it defies explanation! The story of the nativity bring us face-to-face with four undeniable, irrational truths:
1. When we couldn’t find our way to God, he came looking for us.
“No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.”
—John 3:13, NKJV
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
—John 3:17, NKJV
“for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
—Luke 19:10, NKJV
2. Jesus experienced a natural birth so we could experience a spiritual birth.
Here we see God’s “grand plan” for salvation made so simple that intellectual men often overlook it. When God took on flesh, he voluntarily accepted the weaknesses, restrictions, and limitations of mortal men. How could a God powerful enough to construct the world, create life, and spin the planets into place, condescend to become one of his own creatures? And yet Luke describes such an event with great detail. Why did he come?
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the age of this world and according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among them we all also once lived in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and we were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and He raised us up and seated us together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
—Ephesians 2:1–6, MEV
3. Jesus accepted an earthly mother so we could receive a heavenly father!
Jesus came to show us a way by adoption into an eternal family.
“He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”
—Ephesians 1:4–5, NKJV
“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.”
—Hebrews 2:10–11, NKJV
4. Jesus occupied a stable so we could inherit a mansion!
If we were to write a script for God to become a man, we would likely begin the story in the most up-to-date hospital in the world, surrounded by well-to-do, educated parents. We would place the Christ child in a fine mansion, educated in the best schools available. God placed his Son within reach of everyone: he was born in a stable, his parents were poor, and even the most disadvantaged person can relate to him. Those who are desperate do not need to fear crying out to him.
To each of us he says:
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and received you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
—John 14:2–3, NKJV
What a paradox! That our God would search through space and time to bring back a people who had lost its way; that he would endure every humiliation, suffering and death to bring us near to himself. His goodness defies reason and demands our eternal praise. [Click to tweet!]
Today’s advent reflection is by Don Nordin the pastor of CT Church Houston (www.ctchurch.tv), a congregation with more than 2,000 people in weekly attendance. With a focus on training leaders, he travels extensively as a speaker to revivals, camp meetings, and conferences. He lives with his wife in Houston, TX. Christians are people of faith. […]