“For to us a child is born . . .”
Ask a general how to save the world and he will tell you to use military force and control. Ask a humanitarian and she’ll probably suggest programs to eradicate poverty and hunger. Pose the same question to politicians and they’ll tell you they need money, money, and more money to appoint a committee with sub-committees to study the matter. Teachers will tell us that education is the answer and The Beatles said that “All You Need is Love.” If I were going to save the world I would round up the criminals and terrorists and rioters and child abusers and abortionists and drug lords and put them all on a one-way trip to the moon. But God had a different plan – He determined to save the world through a baby. But not just any baby.
It seems strange to me that a helpless infant would be the answer to the woes of the world. He couldn’t feed himself or change himself or get from place to place by himself. He slept all the time like any other baby. But He wasn’t any other baby. He who could not feed Himself would feed multitudes. The little one that couldn’t change Himself would change the fate of the human race on a cross. The babe who had to be carried from place to place will carry all who believe to heaven. This sleeping child would rise from the sleep of death to awaken the souls of men.
This baby left the glory of heaven to save the entire human race. He brought peace between God and man. He broke the chains of sin. He erased the curse of death. This baby took on your sin and mine; He bore the punishment that you and I rightly deserved. He surrendered His body to the cross and the grave. And He did it all out of love. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Yes, God used a Baby to do what generals, humanitarians, politicians, teachers, and pop stars could never do. Jesus brought peace with God to all who will believe on Him. And that, Beloved, is how to save the world.