Reasoning About the Season
The Gospel writter, Matthew, recorded for us some of the most amazing words ever written. Can we reason together about them for just a minute? Matthew reported that an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to give the name Jesus to the baby that his betrothed wife Mary was carrying. Then the angel gave Joseph the reason for his name. . . “for he will save his people from their sins.”
Matthew immediately explains that this pregnancy and this special name for the child “took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet.” So, we have a child with a specific name, for a specific reason. We have an 800 year old prophecy that stands as the reason for this happening. Then, we see a second name. . . “they shall call his name Immanuel which means, God with us.”
Now, lets reason. Christmas may be the most beloved story of the Bible. Is it true? I do not ask this question to breed doubt but to incite reasoning. If the Bible’s story of Christmas is true, what claim does it make on the lives of those who say that they believe it?
Did God create the world? Did humanity fall into sin? Is the fall the reason for the world being in the shape it is in today? Did God send His Son into the world to save the world? Is His Son’s name Jesus? Is He God with us? Take some time with these questions. Don’t give your simple Sunday School answers. Reason your answers out. If these things are true, what claim does that make on the church and the individual believer?