19th-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzscdhe was renowned for the phrase “God is dead” however if he paid any attention to the very start of the Christmas story he may have had to rethink his teaching.
He will be great,
be called ‘Son of the Highest.’
The Lord God will give him
the throne of his father David;
He will rule Jacob’s house forever—
no end, ever, to his kingdom.”….
The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
the power of the Highest hover over you;
Therefore, the child you bring to birth
will be called Holy, Son of God.
Luke 29-35 (The Message)
Now every Christmas I look over the Christmas story and it really is amazing at how much you rediscover… This Christmas this part was a real re-discovery.
The angel spoke to Mary… a kids (by our standards) and told her, that she will have a son and he will be GREAT… and he will be called Gods son, and he will NEVER be forgotten… now that’s HUGE claim for someone to make… but the angel did, and if you look around he’s right.
Jesus was born in a tiny city I mean this is a real hick town… to the point where a guy in John 1:46 once said:
Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?
I mean this was a pretty small not well off place, Mary was a teenage girl, who wasn’t married… just these points alone would suggets that everything was against the angels prophecy coming true, and the fact that his message could even get out of such a small place is amazing in itself.
Now we can look around the world and the millions of Christians are celebrating this day… and even more remarkable millions of people acknowledge or have even heard that Jesus is the son of God… not all believe it and that’s OK… that’s up to God to work through, but isn’t it remarkable that from the most unlikely places, our savour was born just as was predicted.
But as the angel said at the end of his discussion with Mary:
“For Nothing is impossible with God”
Luke 1:37 (NLT)
And what about our friend Friedrich Nietzsche?
Nietzsche: God is Dead…
God: Nietzsche is dead.
I think we ALL know who is right here… don’t we???