There is hope because God doesn’t abandon us. He pursues us. He longs to bring us back. He doesn’t just want us to know about him; he wants us to know him.
He promised a Messiah to break the curse, usher in his Kingdom, and take back control of this world. The Messiah would demonstrate control over all that is broken in our world: nature, people, angels, demons, sickness, and death.
People of faith waited for him. The earth longed for him. Prophets prophesied about him. The promise given long ago would come to pass. “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end” (Isaiah 9:6-7 NLT).
He was the one who would restore control. He was the one God promised to Adam and Eve and many other prophets through the ages. He would provide a bridge between our world and the other world. He would right the wrongs, rule with justice, and breathe new life into us and this old world. His arrival would change everything.
God could have sent the promised Messiah from heaven on a cloud. He could have sent him to earth on a heavenly chariot. After all, God’s Messiah deserved a royal entrance.
Instead, God sent him as a baby. The Messiah came the route of human experience. As a man, he would experience all the hardship this world brings. Heartache and pain. The sweat of his brow. Even death. He would experience everything that we do.
(This is taken from Chapter 4 of my book Out of Control. You can order it here.)
I hope you will take the opportunity to go to a local church this Christmas season and give thanks that God came to be with us, to be one of us, and to rescue us from this broken world.