The government is out of control. Individual freedoms no longer exist like they used to and it seems like things are getting worse. The religious institutions are self promoting to the point they no longer know what their original purpose was, and we've seemingly been forgotten by God himself. Something MUST be done. At least one group is looking to overthrow the government by force, if necessary. It is time for action; a plan - a rescue! So, action is taken. Is it a new strong man? A military general? A great political leader? No - it's a baby. A baby? We are to be rescued by a baby? Are you serious?
I would have done things differently.
God came down from heaven Himself! He didn't come riding a war horse & he didn't come with a conquering army. He chose to come in the most vulnerable fashion imaginable - a human baby - AND He chose to place Himself under the authority of His own creation. Why did He do this?
Since He had created us, He knew what it took to relate to us in the best possible way. So, He spent 30 years growing up just like we do, with all the aches, pains, and disappointments we grow up with. Then, He showed us a new radical way to look at things; a new way to live; and then He did something really game-changing: He took away our punishment by paying for our sins Himself! Then, incredibly, He let us finish the humiliation by dying one of the most terrible deaths imaginable. But, the story doesn't end there. He defeated death, rose from the grave, and now directs our protection every day with the promise that, when the struggle is over, we can become His adopted sons and daughters and live in splendor with Him.
But it all began a little over 2000 years ago in a small village named Bethlehem, where a baby was born, grew up, lived, and died in such a way that we can, tonight, celebrate this unimaginable gift by giving to those we love. In reality it was He, the One we call Jesus the Christ, that gives us the ability each time this year to celebrate Him, and say "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night"!!
...and you thought it was some guy in a red suit...