Read Genesis 12:1-3, 15:1-7 Key verse Gen. 1:3b "All the families of the earth will be blessed through you."
"How can this be?"
The question of Christmas is answered first of all by the fact that God
cares about us. In the first pages of the Bible we see how the human
race messed up, big time. The first humans disobeyed the only rule God
gave them. Their first child killed his younger brother. Violence
filled the earth. God saved the only people worth salvaging from a
great flood. Their descendents tried to be their own gods(Gen. 11).
The world was in a mess. But God started a long process to bring the
human race back to Himself.
This reclamation project started with a man named Abram who would become
Abraham. In spite of the human condition the Lord was going to use a
man. It would be God who saved us, but He would use humans in a long
process that would lead to the Lord Himself becoming a man. Why God
chose Abram and ultimately his descendents to be line for the Christmas
event is a question which only the Lord Himself knows the answer. But
we can certainly surmise that it was out of His own goodness and
greatness that the Lord chose Abram and chooses us.
There is a Dennis the Menace cartoon in which Dennis and a friend are
eating cookies baked by Mrs. Wilson. The friend comments to Dennis
that he must be awfully good for Mrs. Wilson to bake him such good
goodies. Dennis astutely remarks that Mrs. Wilson made him the cookies,
not because he is so good, but because Mrs. Wilson is so good. God
loves us and saves us, not based on our goodness but His.
Your world may be a mess. But Christ came into our world to fix it and
to fix us. He will come to everyone who will receive Him and be a
blessing. Dennis had to eat the cookies to enjoy it and we must have
faith in Christ to enjoy His salvation. You may be a saved person in a
terrible mess. You can never be so far away from God that He can't
help you. No problem is too big for Him. He said to Mary, "Nothing is
impossible with God" This Advent season gives us hope because we know
that God cares. He proved it beginning with Adam, Eve, Abraham and many
others, completing it in Christ. He will come into every heart that
opens up to Him and lets Him in (Rev. 3:20). A good Christmas prayer
is, "O holy child of Bethlehem! Descend to us, we pray; Cast out our
sin and enter in, be born in us today."