In the book of Luke, we read that the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and said to her, “You have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” (Luke 1:30-31)
In response to her request for more information, Gabriel told her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)
Many things have been said and written about Jesus over the years. Some have said he was a good man; some have considered him a mighty prophet; still others have accused him of being a fraud.
Jesus made some amazing claims about himself. He was either the greatest con-man in the history of the world or he is, as Gabriel foretold, the Son of God. These are the only two options available for us to choose from.
Advent is the time of year when we prepare to celebrate the incarnation, the birth of Jesus. If he was just a man, there is nothing to celebrate. But if he is the Son of God, then there is much to celebrate, because he brought a message of love and joy and peace.
And if Jesus Christ truly is the Son of God, then his life and his words need to be studied and cherished and lived out in our daily lives. Of course, the decision is yours to make, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
May this Advent and Christmas season be a time of reflection upon the role that Jesus plays in your life. I pray God’s blessings upon you and I pray that you will continue to grow in faith and love.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace.” (Luke 2:14)