The Miracle of Christmas
Hebrews 1:1-2 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
God has spoken in the past. As we see in this passage God has spoken to His people in many different ways. “Long ago” He would speak to a prophet or key leader and then that leader would speak to the people. As we read through the Old Testament we see many different ways and people that God used to speak.
- Moses – the burning bush (Exodus 3)
- Elijah – the still small voice
- Elisha – It was a whirlwind (2 Kings 2)
- Isaiah – through a vision (Isaiah 6)
- Joseph – through a dream (Genesis 37)
- Hosea – through his family circumstances (Hosea 1)
- Jeremiah – the potter’s clay (Jeremiah 18)
- Balaam – through a donkey (Numbers 22)
- Abraham and Sarah – It was a visitor at night (Genesis 18)
- Jacob – it was wrestling with an angel (Genesis 32)
What we learn through this is that there is no lack of variety and means by which God will speak to us. He speaks in different ways and at different times in order to get his audience to hear Him. God will use whatever means is necessary to get our attention, to wake us up and to stir us into action.
It is interesting to note that for 400 years after the book of Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, God had been silent. There were no significant books written. There was no evidence that God had spoken in any significant way. There was only silence.
God spoke directly to us through His Son. Things changed in the New Testament because God decided that it was time to speak directly to man through His son. God chose to use His Son to speak to us in ways no one before that time could. In John 1:1-14 John details the coming of Christ as the Word of God. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Word, Jesus came to dwell with us so that He could communicate directly to us. In the right moment of time God sent His son so that He could interact with us. He came to express Himself and reveal Himself in ways we could understand and comprehend. He came as a man, to live as a man so that we could know how to live as a child of God.
Not only did Jesus, the Son, come to speak to us but He also came to reveal the Father to us. When we want to know what God looks like we look to Jesus as He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs (Hebrews 1:3-4). His word is truth and it is powerful for it is His very words that uphold the universe and controls destiny itself.
God continues to speak in order to bring transformation. When He speaks He doesn’t just speak for the sake of hearing his own voice but His words have purpose and meaning. Have you ever known someone who loved the sound of their own voice? He didn’t come to say what we wanted to hear but what we needed to hear. Jesus came to so that we could draw near and as we draw near to Him we are changed and transformed. He came to reveal the Father to us and to connect us to the father. His goal has always been to transform lives and not just be a great orator.
God speaks but too often we are not listening. God speaks to us today in a number of ways. He uses His Word. The Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts and guides our lives. God has given us pastors and teachers to speak into our lives. He uses the circumstances and events of our lives. He uses the people around us:our family and friends. He uses nature itself.
- Turning a deaf ear – Sometimes we do not hear him because we have turned a deaf ear. We ignore the words we hear and believe that we can do better than what God has commanded. Sometimes we have selective hearing. We listen when God communicates positive words but when it is a corrective word or a word that we think keeps us from doing what we want to do we reject those words.
- Too busy to hear – We can fill our calendars full with activity so that there is little time to hear what God is saying to us. Too much TV or newspapers or other media that keeps us from hearing God when He speaks to us.
- Too distracted – Too often there are distractions that keep us from hearing God’s word to us. We want to hear but we find it hard because there are so many other voices that are pulling against us. There are so many ideas and ways of living that are presented and there is confusion about which one is right.
We all receive messages that impact our lives but this is the moment that Christ’s words come alive.
We all hear messages that impact us negatively. The fact is we have an enemy that likes to distort and discourage us and he will take advantage of the events, circumstances and words spoken into our lives. Some of us, today, have heard some of the following and the words echo loudly in everything that we do and in every way we act.
- “You’ve got cancer or you have MS.” The enemy says be fearful and discouraged. There is no hope.
- “I don’t love you anymore and I want a divorce.” The enemy says that you are rejected and not worthy of anyone else’s love. You are unlovable.
- A teenage daughter who announces that they are pregnant. The enemy will say as a parent that you are a failure and it is your fault. He will remind you of all the things you should have done.
- “You’re fired or you’re laid off.” I am not worthy. I am not needed. I have no value. Once again fear and concern fill our hearts.
- “Mom/dad or sis I am gay.” Confusion, doubt and fear resonate upon this news.
- The enemy loves to convince us that we’re no good. We are a failure. We will not make it.
But it is in the midst of these messages God comes and speaks life and hope.
- There is nothing that will separate you from the love of God (Romans 8:36-38)
- Trust in me and I will direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- Forgive those that mistreat you or have done you wrong (Matt. 6:14-15; Mark 11:25-26; Luke 17:3-4; 2 Cor. 2:10-11)
- Rejoice and be glad for His has come (Matt 5:11-12; Luke 6:22-23; John 16:22; Rom 5:2; Rom 12:12-15; Phil 4:4; 1 Thess 5:16; 1 Peter 1:6-8).
- I have a plan for your life (Jeremiah 17)
Are you listening today? Do you hear His voice? Do you hear His message?