The following is 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. Michael raised the question that was on everyone’s mind:
“Oh, Eternal One,” he asked. “They have all turned aside, all of them have gone astray. Even the mightiest of men wrestle with pride, with fear. Their lives are filled with drama. Who could handle such a responsibility?”
At that very moment, before the throne arose a great mist. Flashes of lightning and circles of rainbows proceeded from the mist, and images began to appear! The angels could now see beyond the Celestial City, through time and space. The images grew clearer and clearer until they revealed a scene unfolding on earth: it was a young man and a virgin at their betrothal ceremony.
Gabriel whispered, “They are so young.”
Then, the Almighty again spoke:
“Behold, My servants, Joseph and Mary of Nazareth, of the tribe of Judah, descendants of David. Mary will carry Messiah in her womb, and she will nurse Him. Together Joseph and Mary will see my Son through His earthly pilgrimage.
Don’t let their humble estate fool you. They have the greatest of all human traits: THEY TRUST ME. They walk by faith and not by sight. These two ordinary people will soon be husband and wife. They will carry all of the stress any other couple carries, and added to that, the enormous weight of being the earthly parents of Deity.”
No angel would dare question the wisdom of the Creator, yet God knew their hearts were troubled about this plan. Once again God explained,
“My beloved messengers, the human family is my most mysterious, yet powerful creation. For that reason, the fallen ones from your ranks have waged war against families from the beginning. Yet the truth remains that if a husband and a wife will simply walk with Me, I can make from their union a cocoon that will transform a simple boy into a mighty man of valor. I can convert a little girl into a jewel among women. The very Son of God can grown in favor and stature with God and man, until He is ready to pay the ultimate price.”
“Master, an angel asked, “will we be allowed to set a legion of our best soldiers to watch over this family?”
“You will have your part, as always,” answered the Almighty, “but please remember that I forge a family as I form a diamond. They will experience stress and enormous pressure. They will at times fear for their lives and the life of their Son. Yet, as they walk with Me, I assure you that the mission will be accomplished. So, let’s begin…”
There was silence in Heaven for about half an hour as a new star exploded into existence above the hillside of Judea. Then suddenly, the silence was broken by the crying of a baby, as all of Heaven toward Bethlehem did lean.