In this message Pastor Harris is going to tell us the Christmas story as presented by the Apostle Paul. The amazing thing is that Paul tells the Christmas story and explains it with five easy words. This is what Paul writes. “When the fullness of time was come, God. sent. forth. his. Son. That is it. That is the Christmas story as told by the Apostle Paul.
Obviously his version is very short and it is also extremely powerful. The major point the Apostle was making is this. Christmas is a total God thing. Human beings never had anything to do with it and never will have anything to do with it. In fact Paul writes, “God sent forth his son”, in other words, it was our God who took the initiative, without our knowledge, without our approval, and without our cooperation. God orchestrated the Christmas events. He decided the timing, he chose the place and he dictated the circumstances.
In addition, he did not hold an election to see if the human race wanted him to appear in human flesh, he just did it on his own. The fact of the matter is this, if WE had orchestrated the Christmas story it would have been drastically changed. For one thing we would have made certain that the son would have been born in Rome, in the capital city of the world and not some village in the backwater corner of the empire.
For another thing, we would have insisted on his being born in a comfortable house and not some rustic cave in a barren hillside. And here is another thing we might have done, we might have selected someone like an emperor or an empress of the Roman empire to be his parents. We certainly would not have selected some pheasant girl and a carpenter to raise this kid.
However, when God sent forth his son, he did choose a cave outside the judean village known as Bethlehem. And God did choose two peasants to raise his only begotten son, in fact the woman he chose to raise his own son was virgin. This provides the centerpiece for Pastor Harris’s message today. I know everyone wants to get right into today’s teaching.
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