The Christmas Family by Zach Terry

The Christmas Family
Zach Terry
Luke 2:7

OPENING: I'd like to begin today with a fictional story, more of what C.S. Lewis called a Supposal. Suppose we were allowed to look into what occurred in heaven just before Messiah was born. This is what my sanctified imagination came up with…

A Christmas Supposal:

It happened many years ago, although in the Celestial City, time is irrelevant. The Angelic Hosts were gathered in two companies before the Great Throne, arranged by their rank and duty. The two great ones, Michael and Gabriel, were seated on lesser thrones at the head of each company, with scores of cherubs, seraphs, and soldiers arranged behind them.

The time was at hand. After epochs of waiting, longing, wondering...that of which the prophets have spoken in the Holy Scriptures had arrived. It was now time for Messiah's Advent. That second Person of the God-Head, the eternal Son of the Almighty, the Manifest One, would now be sent to a tiny blue planet to redeem the creatures on whom His affection was set.

Angelic hearts began to race. They had dreamed of this day. There were so many questions that would now be answered. Some expected the Messiah to travel to earth on a chariot of fire like that which gathered the prophet Elijah heavenward years earlier. Others had heard a rumor that God would form Messiah's body of the dust of teh ground as he had done in the beginning. Yet, in actuality, eye had not seen, neither had it entered into any angelic heart, what God had prepared for the Advent of His Son.

From the midst of the throne thundered a voice that was at once both terrifying in its power and comforting in its tone. The decree of God sounded forth, informing the Angelic Host that,

''Messiah will transition to Earth by means of that ancient institution, the family.''

One could hear the angels gasp- a family. A human family. Out of all of the potential methods the Ancient of Days could employ, He did that which no one expected. Michae ...

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