Summary: Why did Jesus come to earth the way he did?
Have you ever heard stories on the news that made you go huh?
Stories of people doing strange and somewhat peculiar, if not downright stupid, things?
Those things that make you think maybe Darwin wasn’t totally wrong, but that there are members of society evolving in the opposite direction?
People can try and rationalize the behavior.
Maybe they were tired.
Maybe they were distracted.
Maybe they didn’t think things through.
Maybe they were more than a little under the influence.
Now, and please don’t raise your hands, how many of you have ever done something or said something that would not be considered your proudest moment of mental clarity?
This morning I’d like to start by sharing a few stories I found on the internet and these are not urban legends but were taken from actual police reports.
Redondo Beach, California - After a short chase, officer Joseph Fonteno charged the driver of a white Mazda with DUI. The car had been driving down Pacific Coast Highway with the upper half of a traffic light pole laying across its hood. When Fonteno asked the drunk driver about the pole, he responded: "It came with the car when I bought it."
Boynton, Florida - For their attempt to raise money to attend the police academy, Michael Harrison and Kevin Carter were arrested and charged with armed robbery and murder.
Mount Shasta, California - Joy Glassman, the 60-year-old mother of a firefighter, was charged with five counts of arson. She allegedly set the fires to help her son’s career.
St. Peters, Missouri - A gunman robbed a 711 store, but returned the money minutes later because his car wouldn’t start. Amazingly, the store clerks came out to the parking lot and gave the robber’s car a jump start. Police Officer David Kuppler commented: "We have a very friendly town out here."
But as I think about the story of the nativity.
The story that author C.S. Lewis called the “true myth”.
The story that others have called a true tall tale.
I can’t help but think to myself what was God thinking?
Why did he choose to use an unmarried teenage girl who was a virgin, instead of a seasoned veteran?
Someone with some experience, who knew how to take care of a child.
And why choose a poor carpenter as her husband instead of someone with a little more social standing?
Why not someone who made more money and could provide more easily for his family?
And why in the world have the savior come as what many would consider to be an "illegitimate" child instead of just adopting a child to be his own?
Maybe pick the best behaved one and have them be the messiah.
Why the little town of Bethlehem instead of the mighty city of Jerusalem?
Jerusalem would’ve made it easier to find accommodations than tiny Bethlehem.
And a manger, wouldn’t even a simple house have sufficed?
Even a makeshift tent, a pop-up camper, anything other than a barn with the animals.
Why make the announcement to shepherds in the field instead of in the middle of the town square?
Who’s going to believe a bunch of guys who spend all their days with sheep.