Friday, December 23, 2005

A Strange Way To Save The World

Got this from a colleague of World Team International . It was written as a dramatic reading for the Christmas program at a church this weekend. It's meaningful and thought provoking. Enjoy....

The Christmas story is a parade of paradox: a King born in a stable…royal messengers sent to lowly shepherds…the plan of salvation for all people entrusted to a powerless conquered nation.

It’s not how we would have done it, it’s not the story we would have written. Ordinary people asked to carry out a plan meant to impact the whole world! In fact, most of us would say it was a plan destined to fail, a strange way to save the world! And the parade of paradox marches on.

Let’s pause to consider the creator of this plan. He is an artist. He is the Creator God. Just like any artist He left his own personal imprint, a small reflection of Himself in all that He created. And He took great delight in all that He made.

When this Creator God crafted the earth, He left His creative imprint on all that He made. He weaved an intricate and awe inspiring tapestry of color and culture. When we look at our world – at all peoples present here – we see the imprint of The Artist represented in each people group on earth.

The brilliance and radiance of His created color can be seen in African dress and dance, His profound philosophy and wisdom are pursued by the Chinese, His passion for music, dance and romance we see celebrated in Latin America, Our Creator’s inspired ability toward art and poetry we find embraced in Europe, and His love of freedom and grace we experience here in North America. We all bear the imprint of The Artist….This Creator God . . . the Same One …Who came… to us…the Creator joins the creation . . . as a helpless infant in a stable. And the parade marches on.

When the angels announced the birth of our Creator – they announced it as Good News for “All people.” The prophet Isaiah announced that He would be a “light for the Gentiles, that [He] may bring…salvation to the ends of the earth."

We, His people, have experienced intimacy with this Creator. His plan that none of us would have dreamed could succeed has done just that. The wisdom of God is foolishness to men! He is doing what He said He would! The Creator became part of the creation to live a life that could not be ignored; to share a message that grabs the imagination; to pay a price that is unthinkable. And the parade marches on.

His brilliance. His radiance. His color. His romance. His philosophy. His wisdom. His music. His art. His love. His sacrifice. His IMPRINT on the creation. The brilliant tapestry of His handiwork – the delight of His artistry! He has communicated Himself to us… so that we can communicate Who He is to all people.

For God so loved the world, that He sent His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. He came to save the world. When God touched the earth – he touched ALL people.

That is a parade of paradox. That is a strange way to save the World…using a small baby and ordinary people like me and you. In His cosmic creativity He birthed the message of salvation two thousand years ago that is changing lives and transforming cultures still today. His parade of paradox marches on!


Rodney Olsen said...

It's Christmas Eve and I'm spending a little time dropping in on the blogs I regularly read. I wish you a very merry Christmas and I look forward to reading your blog in 2006.

Kitty Cheng said...

Thank you Rodney! Merry Christmas to you too.

Live, Love, Laugh said...

wow that was good. Merry Christmas, my you be blessed as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior!

Kitty Cheng said...

Merry Christmas LLL. God Bless!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Interesting thoughts.

Have a nice holiday.

God Bless

Corry said...

Good thoughts, although Paul already said:

Romans 12:4
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,

We all have our own contribution:-)

God's Grace.

forgiven said...

Hi Kitty

Merry Christmas And May the Lord bless you with His Love.

This is the best gift I can Give to the Ones we LOVE.

Great Thoughts

audrey` said...

Happy Birthday Jesus!

May God's love, joy and peace fill your heart right now.

Blessed Christmas to you and your loved ones :)

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pecheur said...

Merry Christmas to you as you enjoy warmth. =)

Kitty Cheng said...

Dear DF, Corry, Doug, Audrey and peacheur....I did enjoy my Christmas very much =) The Lord has given me the privilege of witnessing one of my good friends accepting Jesus as her personal Saviour and Lord on Christmas day. THAT was the best Christmas gift :D

Trust you all had a blessed time too.