A young person asked me, “Why do we have Ambassadors?” Good question when you realize that some ambassadors are just taking extended vacations to foreign countries. I thought about the idea and in doing so came across this from Halford E. Luccock:
“A scientist said, making a plea for exchange scholarships between nations, "The very best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person." That was what happened at Christmas. The idea of divine love was wrapped up in a Person.”
Letters are nice, phone calls better, emails, my preference, but a personal visit announced prior to the actual visit is best.
That God was sending a representative was announced from the book of Genesis onward, and as Paul states it in Galatians 4:4, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
During this time of celebrating what we call Christmas, more accurately The Incarnation, we tend to forget that the coming of Messiah had been the hopes and dreams of all time, and then like a flash the Babe lay in a manger in Bethlehem, God in flesh. What is the purpose of this wonder of wonders? Simple, to redeem; His crowning creation ravaged by sin since the expulsion from Eden. Christmas? Emmanuel!
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