I have a lot of words. My poor hubby suffers through my long winded tales with well practiced “pretend to be paying attention” tactics. When his eyes glaze over as his attention wanders…he quickly perks up and utters, “and then what happened?” It is effective. I am on to this ploy…but I honestly appreciate that he does not give me a hard time for my over detailed tellings of everyday events, instead he offers this line which allows me to enjoy my verbal journey…there is always more to the story. I love him for that. This Christmas I find myself also asking, “and then what happened?”…there is always more to the story.
God’s creation lay broken, mankind gripped by sin seperating us and our Holy God..”for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 2:23 Then what happened?
God happened. God provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins…”for today in the city of David there has been born for you a savior, Who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 Then what happened?
God happened. A baby, arriving in an unusual place, at an unexpected time, in a miraclulous way, was God’s gift to us all. Beyond the swaddling, this child would grow in favor with God and man…He would show the world what grace means…He would guide and make disciples….He would display the glory of God through healing and miracles…He would allow Himself to be crucified…He would overcome the world and death…through His death and resurrection, we can be forgivien of our sins.
“But God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, the birth of our savior, let us also rememebr the rest of the story…the real reason why this birth matters. Then what happened?
God Happened. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge, but that the world should be saved through Him.” John 3:16&17
Future generations may some day, in the retelling of this very powerful time in our lives, ask “and then what happened?” The answer will forever be the same…God happened.