Do you believe in angels?
I believe I have a guardian angel--several, perhaps. I also believe angels have visited this planet, repeatedly.
Two millennia ago, the largest known visitation of angels to earth announced the very first Christmas.
That we are a visited planet is what Christmas is all about. History is divided before and after this singularly profound event-the birth of Jesus Christ.
Who is Jesus? A heavenly messenger? In a sense, yes. Yet He's much, much more.
How radical is the idea behind Christmas? The religious leaders at that time scoffed at the shepherds' report of the angelic announcement of Jesus' birth. They no longer believed in angels. They certainly couldn't imagine God Almighty-creator and governor of the vast universe-humbling Himself to visit planet earth.
Yet the Scriptures clearly foretold this. Among other things, the prophet Isaiah foretold that Jesus Christ, the Messiah, would be born of a virgin and called "Immanuel" (literally, "God with us," Isaiah 7:14) and "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6b).
Furthermore, an angel of the Lord told Joseph, the Messiah's adoptive father: "`Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins'" (Matthew 1:20b-21).
So profound was the incarnation of Jesus Christ that . . .
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