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The Pastor’s Quill


By Pastor Tim Hodge
Dec 24, 2017

SCRIPTURE: Luke 2:1-20 (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus

1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14  “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
     and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

The sovereignty of God is a beautiful and many-splendored thing. Isaiah 46:10 states God is “…declaring the end from the beginning.” God is not flying by the seat of His pants. He is not like Tarzan swinging on vines through the jungle looking for his “next vine” to cling to. He’s not like Spider Man flying on his webs through the metropolis and looking for the next high-rise building to shoot his web to.

God is not two or three steps ahead. God has already finished the entire story; the story of creation, the story of redemption, the story of me, and the story of you. The book is finished. It was written in ink. There will be no re-writes or edits along the way.

God is omniscient (all-knowing). God is omnipresent (everywhere at all times). He transcends time and space. He can stand in today, tomorrow, and yesterday at the same time. He is in His regal throne room in heaven and in your living room simultaneously.

Try to imagine yourself standing at the dawn of time. Then you take one step and you are at the end of time. Suppose, before taking that step, you had a specifically designed plan and outcome in mind at the end (cf. Jeremiah 29:11). In that one step you saw every person’s decision in life, every thought they had, every word they spoke, every action, and every reaction. Imagine your one step was like some sci-fi matrix, slow-motion mode where everything came to almost a complete stop and you could survey all that is going on. You were able to dissect every person’s thoughts and you studied the intents of their hearts. You could whisper into every heart and gauge their response to your directions. In that one step you became like some major ninja chess player swiftly and decisively maneuvering people into positions in life that would lead to the outcome of your desired finished product.

In that one step, you strategically moved through thousands of years of human history and set it all in stone before you set it into motion. This is how an omnipresent and omniscient God declares “the end from the beginning.”

Hence, Luke chapter two begins, “And it came to pass….” The ‘IT’ is His plan! Beloved friends, ‘IT’ always comes to pass. Joseph, Mary, and the virgin birth in Bethlehem came to pass. The angels and all the angelic host proclaiming peace and goodwill toward man came to pass. The shepherds came to pass. The Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and found in a manger came to pass. The star leading the wise men came to pass. Thirty-three years later, the cross came to pass. Three days after the cross, the empty tomb came to pass. The day He returns and raptures His church from the earth SHALL COME TO PASS.

Yes, ‘IT’ came to pass. To the Christian, our present and future hope rests in that truth. ‘IT’ came to pass and whatever promises we have not yet experienced from our heavenly Father shall, too, come to pass. Surely, we look to every sovereign act of God in history and we declare, “IT came to pass!”

And, still yet, we lay hold of every promise He has spoken to us through His holy Word and we declare, “IT SHALL COME TO PASS!” That is the threshold of faith. He is faithful. He is true. He is GOD and beside Him there is no other. Blessed be the name of the Lord God Almighty.