|From Harold Sala and Guidelines December 2011
"THE TEN WONDERS OF CHRISTMAS!©"
Over 365 names and inscriptions are found in the Bible referring to Jesus Christ, but none is more lovely than the one found in Isaiah where the prophet said, "His name shall be called WONDERFUL" (Isaiah 9:6, KJV). Like ten stars that shine against the dark backdrop of history are the ten wonders of Christmas.
First, there is the wonder of HIS BIRTH. Any birth is a wonderful event, but the birth of Christ had been foretold by the prophets for centuries. To Abraham, God revealed the nation through which Christ would come. To Jacob, He revealed that Christ would be of the tribe of Judah. To Isaiah, God mentioned a family, the line of Jesse. To Micah, God whispered the name of the city. To Daniel, God revealed the time of His birth. The events leading up to the birth of Christ were like the gears of a fine watch that had to mesh together so that when the fullness of time has come, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. What a wonder!
Second, there is the wonder of HIS CONDESCENSION. Really, to understand what this means, you have to remember what heaven was like and what Jesus left to come to our world and be tabernacled in human flesh. Had men arranged His birth, it would have never been in a stable. But the wonder of His condescension means that God touched the needs of humanity right where we are.
The third wonder of Christmas is the wonder of His CHARACTER. Though we are saved by the death of Christ, His life is yet filled with wonder. Who but Jesus could say, "Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?" (John 8:46). He lifted the fallen of life. He gave His life that we might have newness of life in Christ.
The fourth wonder of Christmas is the wonder of HIS PERSON. He was human yet divine. He could grow weary, yet could say, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28, KJV). He hungered, yet could take five loaves and two fish and feed a multitude. He was heaven’s light for Earth’s darkness and heaven’s bread for man’s hunger.
Then fifth, there is the wonder of HIS WORDS. He spoke with authority demanding the attention of those who heard. He said, "You have heard that it was said…But I tell you." His words are ethically true. You will find no loopholes in what Jesus taught or said. He spoke with simplicity but with great power.
The sixth wonder of Christmas is the wonder of HIS WORKS. How can we describe them? Wherever He went, He did good. To the blind He said, "Receive your sight;" to the lame, "Rise up and walk." He stopped funeral processions and raised the dead. He made no clinical analysis; He brought in no specialists. He just spoke the Word and it happened.
The seventh wonder of Christmas is the wonder of HIS DEATH-freely given, undeserved, but affecting a lasting relationship for each person with our Heavenly Father.
The eighth wonder is the wonder of HIS RESURRECTION. Pilate gave the order to seal the sepulcher. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how" was his command (Matthew 27:65). Yet the tomb is empty and Christ ever lives.
The ninth wonder of Christmas is the wonder of HIS SECOND COMING. "This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven" spoke the messengers at the Mount of Olives, "will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven" (Acts 1:11).
And last of all, the tenth wonder of Christmas is the wonder of HIS SAVING POWER. "He will save His people from their sins," was the message of the angel to Joseph (Matthew 1:21). This is the great wonder of Christmas: through His blood we find forgiveness and cleansing. Thank God for the wonders of Christmas!