Biggest Event in History

Biggest Event in History

The birth of Jesus Christ is the greatest event in history. So how did this most significant event in history take place, to whom was it first reported, and what is its importance for our lives?

In the same area there were shepherds who spent the night in the fields, keeping watch beside their flocks. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord illuminated them. They were seized with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid!” said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all the people: Today a Savior has been born to you in the city of David. This is Christ the Lord*. Here is a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” Suddenly, a great congregation of celestial armies appeared beside the angel. Praising God, “Glory to God in the highest, Peace on earth to those with whom He is pleased!” they said. After the angels had departed and withdrew to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this event that the Lord has told us about.” They hurried to find Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing them, they reported what had been told to them about the boy.

All those who heard this were astonished at what the shepherds said. Meryem, on the other hand, kept all these words in her heart, thinking deeply. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen. They found everything as they had been told. (Luke 2:8-20)

The gospel of the birth of Jesus Christ was first communicated to the shepherds. The angel said to them, “I am giving you good news that will make all the people very happy.” What kind of news could there be that would make all the people very happy? Has the economy improved, has international peace been achieved? Has terrorism ended? What happened? No, it was much bigger news than that! A Savior was born to you today in the city of David. This is Christ the Lord.

Don’t many people say? “Oh, if only God would show Himself!” Don’t many people say? “Oh, if God created the world, if he could just throw a hand and fix the world!”

God has already revealed himself, God has already given a hand to the world. But it didn’t turn out the way people expected or imagined!

God did not reveal Himself to the world by a great climatic miracle, a light show in the atmosphere, or great signs in space. God did so much better, but what no one ever dreamed of. He was born in a human body and showed himself. So many years passed. The following conversation took place between a disciple named Philip and Jesus Christ:

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, that’s enough for us.” “Philip,” Jesus said, “I have been with you all this time. Don’t you know me yet? He who has seen me has seen the Father. (John 14:8-9)

God did not come into the world as a great and mighty giant, with his feet on the ground and his head in the sky, a huge, stout giant. Those who said, “If there is a God, let him show himself”, perhaps they were expecting such an image. A giant that came to the world with lightning, thunder, earth tremors, demolishing mountains… However, God came into the world unexpectedly and unexpectedly, in a way that spoils the imagination of man. In the body of a small and helpless baby…

We are not talking about the birth of a great leader, a great scholar, a great administrator, a great statesman here. We are talking about the coming of the Almighty God, the unlimited and eternal Creator, the one who created the universe, the earth and the sky, that is, the arrival of the greatest person who ever came to the world and could ever come.

This is great news, great news! So, to whom was this news first reported? To the shepherds!!! There were poor shepherds grazing their sheep, here’s to them! This news business was not given to those people had hoped for or dreamed of. It was reported to the shepherds, not to the media of that age, to the great thinkers, to the leading religious and statesmen, to the saints, to the learned, to the solvers, to the educated and wealthy classes! The angels who conveyed this news made a very interesting choice, they were very interesting beings! So why? Why shepherds?

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen. They found everything as they had been told. (Luke 2:20)

Because those shepherds understood this event despite all their poverty, poverty and lack of education. They grasped the meaning, greatness, and significance of this event, appreciated, believed, and glorified God.

The angels said: A Savior has been born to you. It’s beautiful, the baby born that day developed and grew, but the same thing happened again. He was not the Savior that people expected or imagined. Many Saviors came to mankind; what do saviors do? They go into politics, take up arms, make revolution, revolt, occupy. People also follow these saviors.

No, this Savior did not intervene in the economy, because economies collapse, economies are established, nothing changes. No, this Savior did not bring about international peace, because people fight, people make peace, nothing changes. No, this Savior did not introduce a brand new ideology, a political regime. God sent a different Savior to humanity. Jesus Christ said, But I have come so that people may have life, and life abundantly. (John 10:10)

On the other hand, people tried to make Jesus Christ a Savior in line with their own expectations. The oppressed tried to get him into politics by proclaiming him King. The nationalists wanted to use him as a tool for their agenda. Political resisters wanted to include them in their resistance. But Jesus Christ did not come as a Savior as they expected and imagined. Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36)

Yes, people say, “May God show Himself”. God revealed himself. They say, “If God exists, let him speak”. God has spoken! It just didn’t do it the way people expected or imagined. That’s why I believe in the Bible and everything in it. Because if it was something people made up, it would have things people expected or imagined in it. However, in the Bible there are only things that God designed, things that challenge the human imagination.

Look, the angel said to the shepherds that day, Here is a sign for you, You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling and lying in a manger. That’s the sign. Babies lie in swaddle, lie in the house, lie in the cradle; but he does not sleep in the manger. A manger is a makeshift carved piece of wood in barns or pens from which animals drink. Is this the sign? The day the Savior of the whole world was born, the place where he was laid, a manger? The angel said: “This is the sign!” This is why I believe in the Bible. Because such a sign is not one of those big garish, ostentatious, shocking, majestic signs that people dream of.

The day has come, that Savior has grown. He did not enter politics, did not take up arms, did not organize people to save the world; so what did he do?

Jesus traveled all over the region of Galilee. He taught in the synagogues there, preached the gospel of heavenly sovereignty, healed every disease and every disease encountered among the people. His fame spread all over Syria. They brought to Him all the sick, the afflicted, the demons, the epileptic, the paralyzed; healed them all. (Matthew 4:23-24)

Normally, everyone perceives the Savior differently. The poor expect salvation from poverty, those who have stayed at home expect salvation from celibacy. Liberation is discharge for the military, release for the prisoner, credit for the debtors. But Jesus Christ came to save humanity from their deep and deep problems and to find a solution that is higher and higher. Man from the greatest bondage, that is, from the bondage of sin; from the greatest debt, namely the debt of conscience; He came to save us from the greatest problem, namely death.

Therefore, Jesus Christ neither entered politics nor participated in resistances, nor accepted the throne and crown this world offered, nor acted as the Savior this world was waiting for. Jesus Christ said: I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is also my body.” (John 6:51)

The people around him did not understand what he meant. Because he had a different Savior figure in his dreams.
Jesus Christ said: “As a matter of fact, the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)

The people around him still did not understand. Because the saviors that people imagine don’t die, they kill; they do not give their own lives, they take the lives of others; they do not surrender, they fight.

Jesus Christ said, “Now we are going to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of the chief priests and the scribes, who will put him to death. (Matthew 20:17)

The people around him still did not understand what he meant. Jesus Christ was crucified with great tortures. And look what happened when Jesus was on the cross?

The chief priests, scribes, and elders likewise mocked him, saying, “He has saved others; he cannot save himself.” “He is the King of Israel! Let him come down from the cross now and let us believe in him.” (Matthew 27:41)

As we can see, people again did not understand. Do we now see why the angels announced the birth of Jesus Christ to the shepherds first and not to others? Because those shepherds understood!! They thanked God for understanding.
Some of the people who saw and heard Jesus on the cross that day understood later, after the coming of the Holy Spirit, and wrote that God did not save us according to what we had done, but according to his purpose and grace, and called us to a holy life. This grace was bestowed upon us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time and is now revealed at His coming. Our Savior, Christ Jesus, neutralized death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. (2 Timothy 1:9)

The angel said, “Today…a Savior was born to you.” My biggest wish today is this: I hope everyone among us today understands the greatest birth in history and why we celebrate it. Because, as the angels say, this is the most important, the most pleasing and the greatest news that a person can hear in life. If we understood like those shepherds, let us praise and glorify God as they did.

This article was shared by Levent Kınran at the Nativity Day Celebration of the Anatolian Protestant Church on December 24, 2009.

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