What a glorious day it must have been. The prophets of old foretold it; the enemies of God dreaded it; the scoffers, through time, denied it; ignorant minds ignored it; but those who believed in God’s Word longed for it. It was a day that would change the course of history. It was the birth of Jesus Christ!
There have been numerous events or moments, down through the annals of time, that have altered the direction of civilization as we know it. Unfortunately, the dates and details of such events have languished into dusty oblivion.
One such event happened on September 3, 1928. Throughout the course of human history, bacterial infections – pneumonia, scarlet fever, syphilis, etc. have been a death sentence for untold thousands. That is until a Scottish researcher named Alexander Fleming happened to glance at some petri dishes about to be sterilized and reused. Fleming was astonished to see that the bacterial cultures within were dying off. Spores that had probably made their way into the room from a lab downstairs were responsible for the magnificent feat. The spores were discovered to be penicillium notatum, which was later renamed penicillin.
Fleming, who had witnessed the horrific infections of World War I that had resulted in the loss of thousands of lives, had discovered a safe, powerful antibiotic that would change the direction of history and save the lives of untold millions. Most are unaware of that story, and the date, September 3, 1928. For those living in that time, it was but a moment that came and went leaving little, if any, impression on their lives.
Unfortunately, the birth of Jesus Christ is treated in much the same way for many in our world. God stepped out of His habitation in eternity (Isaiah 57:15) to became a creature subject to time. He who spoke creation into existence humbled Himself and became a part of it. Yet, the occasion of His birth is nothing more than a welcomed holiday for most. Gifts and good tidings of peace have drowned out the source of that peace.
Matthew 2 presents us with two disturbing thoughts. First, verse 3 says that Herod was “troubled” at the news that Jesus had been born. Could it be that the thought of a Saviour being born is a troubling thought to many? Second, verse 5 says that the religious leaders informed Herod that indeed the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Their source of authority – the Scriptures. These men were quick to quote the Scriptures, confident about what it said, but unwilling to believe themselves. How many know the facts about Jesus as presented in God’s Word but are unwilling to worship at His feet?
I trust that you see the birth of Jesus and His subsequent life, death and resurrection as the most glorious event in the history of humanity. It is not simply a moment in time that is all too quickly forgotten, but the crowning moment of history by which all lesser moments fade away.
“Christ is the great central fact of the world’s history. To Him everything looks forward or backward. All the tines of history converge upon Him.” Charles H. SpurgeonHis wonderful, merciful, gracious and all-wise influence in your life today.
Post by: Matthew Little, NBBI President