God Comes Near – Greg Albrecht
Imagine, for a moment, that you are part of a team building a skyscraper. Your team building this “high rise” would need, of course, a great deal of expertise to ensure that a sound foundation would be laid. Considerable expense and work is involved in preparing the foundation of any edifice that eventually soars majestically, hundreds of feet into the air.
Skyscrapers are incredibly heavy, so they must be built on much more durable foundations than smaller buildings. In virtually every case, a skyscraper requires a deep foundation, with pilings, drilled shafts and columns put in place using a pile driver—all reinforced by concrete.
When God prepared a spiritual building that would last forever, he carefully laid a foundation. The building of course is us, a spiritual temple in which God himself lives, in the person of Jesus. So in preparation for this spiritual building God planned a foundation that no man could lay, for the foundation for this spiritual edifice was (and is) Jesus, God in the flesh (1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:20-22). Here are three foundational truths that flow out of the birth of Jesus—three absolutes upon which our faith rests:
1) The birth of Jesus proves that God Comes Near.
In the second chapter of Matthew, we read that Jesus, Joseph and Mary were visited by the Magi. Immediately after that an angel appeared to Joseph and told him to take Mary and Jesus, get out of Bethlehem and go to Egypt, because Herod had heard that a king would be born. Herod of course was the king. To ensure that he would get rid of any competitor to his throne he was going to kill all young boys age two years and under.
The first Christmas is not the kind of good-will Christmas we often celebrate. The first Christmas was not characterized by extensively decorated houses, church concerts, roaring fireplaces, eggnog and turkey dinners. The world into which Jesus was born was the real world—a world of brutality and mayhem. It was the world of despotic, egotistical power-hungry madmen—like Stalin, Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin-Laden, Idi Amin or Robert Mugabe.