God will often look for unexpected people and things to accomplish His purposes. Let’s take a moment and consider a few examples. Balaam’s donkey was an unlikely source as a mouthpiece warning of certain destruction. Moses was a “murderer on the run turned shepherd” and became perhaps the greatest prophet in the Old Testament. Amos was also a shepherd that God used to prophecy to both Judah and Israel. None of the disciples were from what we would consider powerful or influential families. Yes, God loves to use those who will confound the wise. He loves to call into His service the used, abused, and overlooked. In the Christmas story, we have an example of God doing just that. Here we see God speaking to and using those who the world would call foolish to be agents carrying out His purpose for the world.
Why? You ask. To make us choose. When we read the Christmas story, we are faced with what our mind says is ridiculous. This is to make us choose between what our minds will naturally accept and believing in something by faith.
I turned on Fox news last week and watched a segment about an atheist against Christmas. This man had paid for a billboard that looked like a traditional Christmas card with the image of Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem. Over the top of the image was written the words: IT’S A MYTH!!! I thought how interesting… This man and his rejection of the Christmas story is a living illustration of Isaiah 8:14
14and he will be a sanctuary; but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare.
It occurred to me that Jesus was and is a stumbling stone to many. Whether it’s his birth or resurrection, Jesus is a point of offense to many.