10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:8-11
Recently, the news media was abuzz with the surprising news that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting a child. The baby she carries, male or female will be the third in line to the throne of England behind William, her husband, and His father, Prince Charles. Of course, Queen Elizabeth’s longevity, and her mother’s longevity before her makes one wonder how many years this “child to be” will have to wait before ascending to the throne of England, if ever.
I couldn’t help but think about how much news coverage this pregnancy generated, and we do not know whether it is a he or a she, let alone what his or her name will be. That in bold contrast to the lack of interest of so many long ago, to the supernatural announcement by angels and by the shepherds who saw and heard them, that the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One of Israel had been born in fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
Yes, it would be another two years after the angels announced Messiah’s birth before the Persian Magi inquired of Herod and the priests about this child. A paranoid and wicked Herod demonstrated more interest in news of Christ’s birth than the priests and scribes of Israel who actually knew the Scriptures and the prophecies surrounding His birth. And yet, that one life more profoundly changed the course of history than all of the other greats of human history combined. Even those who insist on changing the language with which we date the present and the past, replacing “in the year of our Lord, BC and AD” with “in the Common Era, BCE and CE” must still admit that it was Christ who split time and none other. Things either happened before His birth or after His birth and that is how we date our calendars. Everyday, everyone who dates a calendar, whether atheist, agnostic, secularist, communist, scientist, or Christian, acknowledges the historical significance and greatness of our Messiah, the Christ.
Think about it!