Summary: Have you ever gotten something for Christmas that was totally unexpected? It could’ve been a special gift or a visit from someone. There were some things that happened on that first Christmas that were quite unexpected.
NOT WHAT YOU EXPECTED
Have you ever gotten something for Christmas that was totally unexpected? It could’ve been a special gift or a visit from someone. On the flip side have you ever expected a certain gift or visit from someone and ended up being disappointed? I was looking at this online forum titled, “Did anyone get something for Christmas they didn’t expect.” The best one was someone got a ticket to Hawaii. Then on the other end of the spectrum someone received a toothbrush, toothpaste and some breath mints for Christmas-and I don’t think they weren’t expecting that. This person probably needed these items but he wasn’t too pleased to get them. There were some things that happened on that first Christmas that were quite unexpected.
1) The pregnancy was unexpected. Matt. 1:18-25.
First of all, in the pregnancy itself we see God doing something that would be unexpected. Yes, it was foretold in the book of Isaiah but this idea of God becoming a human-God lowering himself; emptying himself to become like one of us sounds so undignified; it goes against his deity. The Creator and sustainer of the universe was willing to become a little, helpless baby? The holy and omniscient one was willing to take on flesh and blood and become subject to human frailties? It sounds absurd that God would be willing to make such a drastic transformation and lower himself to that level. It seems unbelievable that God would humble himself to such a degree. It seems preposterous that God would make such an extreme sacrifice. From what I understand that’s one of the biggest things that trips muslims up-the idea that God would become human is unfathomable to them.
But, God does things that are unexpected. Not only is this true in that God was willing to become one of us, it’s also true in the way it was brought about. Mary becoming pregnant by the Holy Spirit would be hard to accept; it sounds immoral. Sure, if you look at it the wrong way. This pregnancy didn’t happen the conventional way. God didn’t have sex with Mary. That’s why it highlights that the virgin will be with child and will give birth.
But we see that this unconventional pregnancy caused some commotion. Joseph was no doubt a hot mess over the whole thing. He’s dealing with the fact that his fiancé is pregnant and it’s not his. His heart is being torn out because of the supposed betrayal and humiliation. His love for her prevails and he decides not to expose her to public disgrace; he chose not to reveal that she is a cheater and a fornicator-he wanted to spare her life since she would no doubt be stoned to death for it.
Then we think of Mary. She was no doubt shaken by the angel’s unexpected announcement Luke 1:26-38. Vs. 34-Mary asks an expected question. In the angel’s answer, God showed Mary that he was the God of the unexpected by causing her cousin Elizabeth, who was beyond childbearing years and considered barren for life, to become pregnant.