Thursday, 04 December 2014 07:51

More Than Meets the Eye

Written by  Buddy Bell, Landmark Church
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An older couple walked into the office of the President of Harvard University.  They were not well dressed and their appearance was haggard.  The President’s secretary greeted them.  The man said, “We would like to see the President.”  The secretary explained he was very busy and not available and offered to help. “We’ll wait,” he replied. They waited all day.  Finally, late in the afternoon the secretary went to the President and begged him to see the couple, “to get them out of our hair.”  He walked out of his office and asked what they wanted.  They said, “Our son came to Harvard and loved it.  He was killed in a terrible accident.  We would like to build a memorial, a building, in his honor.”  The President looked at them and shook his head and said, “You don’t know what you are getting into.  We have over 7.5 million dollars of physical plant here at Harvard! I’m sorry, but I don’t think you can help.”  The couple walked out of the building.  The husband looked at his wife and said, “Is that all it takes to start a University?  Let’s start one of our own.” He headed back to Palo Alto, California and established a university in honor of the son Harvard never cared about--Leland Stanford University.  This story teaches a simple rule in life- there always is more than meets the eye!

I encourage you this Christmas to read the first seven verses of Luke 2 and look below the’ll see more than meets the eye!


#1  The Christmas story reminds us that God entered the world at a certain place and time.Why is that a big deal?  It reminds us that this story is not a myth, it is a story based on historical fact.  What sets Christianity apart from other world religions is that it is an historical religion.  It is not based simply on a thought or a feeling, but on historical fact. Luke is a careful historian who believes- at a certain place and time- God entered the world as a baby. 



#2  The Christmas story reminds us of who really is in charge.  Caesar Augustus was a powerful Caesar.  At his funeral he made sure he was mourned as a god.  In this story it appears on the surface that Rome is in charge.  Joseph and Mary have to make the long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem because of Caesar’s decree. The man who thought he was a god, crossed paths with the God who was willing to become a man!  Augustus may have been ruling, but God was in charge!



#3  The Christmas story reminds us that God often works without miracles.God used an ordinary census to put Joseph and Mary in position to fulfill divine prophecy.  We need not get so hung up on waiting on a miracle that we miss God’s finger prints in everyday life.  He is working behind the scenes to get you to where you need to be.



#4  The Christmas story reminds us that participating in God’s plan is not always comfortable.Mary doesn’t give birth to her son in the comfort of her own city, much less the comfort of her own home.  She must travel 80 miles to give birth in a stable and to lay her newborn in a feeding trough.  God was not as concerned with her comfort as he was with getting Jesus where he needed to be!  For us to live in God’s plan today we need to be more about getting Jesus to where he needs to be than our own comfort.



#5  The Christmas story reminds us that you are special because of who you are, not what you have.The great irony of the story is that the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, and the Prince of Peace was born in a stable amidst the sounds and smells of animals.  God entered the world in poverty, obscurity and rejection, as a humble and helpless baby.  He had nothing, but it certainly didn’t mean he was nothing.  Don’t forget that you are special because of what He has done in your life, not because of what you have.


So I challenge you this Christmas, when you  read the Christmas story, look below the surface and be reminded of truths that can change your life. And for God’s sake, don’t celebrate the birthday of Jesus if you are not going to let him come to his own party.  Here is the good news: If you let Him in He will bring the best gift, which is Himself. 



Buddy Bell is pastor of Landmark Church, 1800 Halcyon Blvd, in Montgomery.




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