Skip to comments.Why the Nativity?
Posted on 12/24/2010 12:07:40 PM PST by The Watcher
Imagine with me, if you will, this future moment. After this Earth's time has ended, and this experiment in humanity has reached its final moments, when God is called upon to account for His actions, and the Devil, his.
On one hand, we have those who are saved, and on the other, those who are not. And those who are not are crying out to God, with the accusation "You are a tyrant! You gave us no real choice, and you set the terms of your deal unfairly and improperly. You gave us a raw deal."
Revelation tells of the end of time, and in the English translations, the more literal ones, it talks of how the "the hour of His judgement has come". And many believe that is the moment when God sits down and judges men. But in the scheme of the universe, it is when the universe judges the outcomes between God and the Devil, and the time to decide which is true has come.
The arguments are strong and compelling. "How could He dare to tell us what we should be like? We have had the worst lives in the universe. We're victims of war, we were falsely accused, our birth was scandalous and illegitemate. We were hated in our own country, we were forced into exile. Our friends rejected us, our friends betrayed us in deadly ways. God is not fit to decide our fates! Let him suffer our lives first, and THEN we'll submit."
"Let Him be be born a bastard, scandalous in family and neighborhood and carry that stigma for life. Let Him be hated by his government, rejected by those who were supposed to be His supporters. Let Him have to flee into exile from thugs, on the run for His life. Make Him live on the wrong side of the tracks, where everyone knows you're not worthy of any respect. Make Him live penniless and without comfort, never have a spouse or family, or place to call "home". And then, in the prime of His life, let Him have a crooked government accuse Him of crimes He didn't commit, and every one of His friends betray him and reject Him, abandoning Him, ashamed to be seen with Him, and then have the corrupt system, forced by his friends and neighbors and countrymen rising up as a mob against Him, sentence Him to death for crimes He did not commit. Make Him die by uncaring hands, in the the the most ignoble way reserved for the worst and most despicable criminals in the most public way and place. And once He has lived this life, then He can speak of ours!"
And in this trial, the Judge stands up, removes his robes and stands before everyone. Face ravaged by hardship, wounds to the abdomen, disfiguring scars across his back, features marred by harsh and unforgiving elements, raises scarred and broken hands disfigured by impalement, and hobbles forward to show ankles and feet broken and smashed, the scars of impalement still visible in the misshapen limbs. And He speaks. "I am. It is finished."
And the whole universe understands, at that moment, the real meaning of that Baby born in a manger.
Very good piece and a great reminder to all - I only have one correction that I must mention....
John 19:36 specifies that Jesus had no broken bones.
“These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” These words refer to verses in Exodus, Numbers and Psalms.
Anyway - Merry Christmas to all!
That's as far as I read.
To whom does God give account... and why?
Beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
The nails were driven through between the bones in the hands and the ankles, in such a way as to be more excruciating than to break large bones. The weight of the body would tear the lower extremes of the legs apart, as well as the hands.
In the “bones would not be broken”, it just means that death came before nightfall. At nightfall, the executed would be taken down, their legs broken up so they could not escape, and should they survive past the Sabbath, they would be put BACK up again, broken legs and all.
Do you not understand the entirety of the plan of salvation? This whole misadventure with sin, is due to rebellion in Heaven, with Lucifer accusing God of tyranny. The Devil has played out his hand here, and the results of sin are now laid bare... The character of God revealed for all to see, so that there is no doubt anywhere in the Universe, that God is just.
Then, and only then, can God eradicate evil from the Universe, and there be no doubt, that God is not a tyrant. The universe is judging God’s virtue.
Gaius Cassius fulfilled the prophecy with his spear.
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