Mistaken About The Messiah — A LifeWords Devotion - Hope 103.2

Mistaken About The Messiah — A LifeWords Devotion

God really couldn’t win. He could have come into the world as some regal figure throwing his weight around.

By David ReayFriday 24 Dec 2021LifeWords DevotionalsDevotionsReading Time: 2 minutes

God really couldn’t win. He could have come into the world as some regal figure throwing his weight around. But then the common people would have run a mile and felt there was nothing in it for them. He could have come as some fully formed scholar whose intellect dazzled and intimidated others. But then relationship with God would have become limited to those with the brain power to get his message. He could have come as a smooth talking marketing professional who would use sophisticated means of getting his message across. But then he might have been suspected of being phoney, and besides, what about all those who have no sophistication about them?

So God came as a baby and still the people didn’t get it. Scholars and devout individuals had been praying for centuries for the Messiah to come. They had studied the scriptures to ascertain when and where. Messiah expectation was an industry! And yet when the Messiah did come he was not recognised. Things like mangers and shepherds and animal shelters put people off the scent.

And even when Jesus grew up and made his claims to be the Messiah, people generally rejected him. He wasn’t the type of Messiah they expected or wanted. Such is the folly and fickleness of people who want God to come to them, but on their own terms. Christmas reminds us that God is truly with us. Christmas also challenges us to ask ourselves if we recognise him when we see him.

Blessings,

David