The original Christmas was a time of incredible convergence.
Angelic activity is common enough in Scripture. What is less known is their interaction with people. They were quite busy just preceding and following the birth of Christ. Their messages contained the command, “Fear not.”
Like most couples, Joseph and Mary had extensive conversations prior to and during their engagement. When angels appeared with their messages for each of them, confirmation was added to their communication with one another.
The angel told Mary that her elderly cousin Elizabeth was expecting a child, whom they named John. This was another miraculous event. The angel affirmed, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
While the pregnancies of the two progressed, astronomic wonders were observed far from Jerusalem. A small group of astronomers in the east saw a star they felt signified the birth of a king. They embarked on a long journey to herald the newborn king and bring him gifts.
Caesar Augustus decreed a tax for the Roman Empire. People in Judea returned to the place of their lineage, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Micah 5:2. Bethlehem would be the birthplace of the Christ, a prophecy seven centuries old. Joseph and Mary travelled to Bethlehem along with many others. With so many travelers, there was no room for them in the inn. They found lodging in a stable and used a manger for a crib.
Angels were dispatched again, this time with glad tidings of great joy to shepherds keeping their flocks around Bethlehem. They were told of the birth of a Savior, which is Christ, the Lord. When they heard they would find him “lying in a manger,” they hastily made their way to Bethlehem and the stable. They excitedly relayed to all what they heard about the child.
Whether over great distance or time, the convergence of angels, people, and events is amazing. What is most amazing is the nature of Jesus, God manifest in the flesh. The infinite became finite in order to bring God and man together. He is the God man who came to redeem and rescue. His name is the provision for salvation from sin, for the angels said, “call his name JESUS, for he shall save his people from their sins.” This was a miraculous convergence with marvelous results for many then and now.
This Christmas season is an opportunity to make your thoughts and actions converge on the Christ child. The wonder of his birth and all the events that converged there will be a beautiful background for you to know more about Jesus. Jesus said, “Every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life and I will raise him up at the last day.” From the cradle to the cross and finally the crown, his story is amazing.
Mitch Glover is pastor of the Sterling Pentecostal Church located on Swanson River Road at Entrada (Sterlingpentecostalchurch.com.) Services on Sunday include Bible classes for all ages at 10:00 a.m. and worship at 11:00 a.m. Thursday Bible study is at 7:00 p.m.