My Musings

Thursday, December 14, 2006

What If Christ Had Not Come?

As Christmas time has been quickly approaching, I have been thinking much about the birth of Christ. His birth was a miracle beyond anything that we could even begin to understand. It was a miracle in regard to its conception and design. It was a miracle in regard to the prophecy that it fulfilled. And most importantly to me personally, it was a miracle in regard to the ultimate effects that resulted from it…your salvation and mine!

It has been said that people never truly appreciate what they have in life until they are forced to go without it. People often never realize how much they loved or cared for someone until after that person is gone and they are forced to live life without that person. People often don’t appreciate their jobs until they are sent searching for work to pay the bills and provide for their families. People simply don’t appreciate what they have until they no longer have it.

I often think about what life was like before I met my wife. I think about what life would be like if anything happened to her and I lost her. Thinking about these things causes me to love her and appreciate her so much more in life right now. I do not want to wait until a good thing has been taken from my life to appreciate how good it was!

With these thoughts in mind, I decided to sit and imagine what it would be like if the birth of Christ had never occurred. I wanted to experience in my mind the predicament that I would be in had Christ not chosen to come to earth to redeem us. I invite you to join me as I explore a few of the things that would be different in our lives. Hopefully, if we take a few moments to ponder this seemingly silly question, we will grow in our love for Christ and in our appreciation for what he has done.

Keep in mind that Christ had no earthly reason to do what he did. He surrendered the glories of all heaven to live in flesh and die a worse death than any of us will ever endure. He was the king of all glory and we spat in his face and mocked him. He should have stayed in heaven and sentenced us to the eternity in hell that we truly deserve. He didn’t, however. His heart of love was stronger than anything we could have ever deserved or hoped for!

I encourage you to spend some time thinking about the many things that would be horribly different in our world, in our nation, in our families, and in our lives. Share with me some of the thoughts and ideas that you have on this subject. I want to hear from all of you! Tomorrow I will post the ideas that I come up with.

Think about every aspect of life that you can. Friends, nothing would be the same in our lives without Christ!

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