Christmas – I don’t believe it!
Powerpoint Pictures: Eskimo; Word – Uncopyrightable; Polar Bear; Greek Flag; Elephant
In the TV series ‘One foot in the Grave’ the main character was a grumpy old man called ‘Victor Meldrew’ who famously had the catchphrase – ‘I don’t believe it!’
‘I don’t believe it’, something you might say if you heard about something that you thought just can’t be true’. Here a few examples of things that might fall into this category…
- Eskimos have hundreds of words for snow but none for hello.
- The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating its letters is… uncopyrightable.
- The hair on a polar bear is not white but clear, they even have black skin.
- There are 158 verses in the Greek National Anthem.
- All elephants walk on tiptoes.
All these things sound pretty unbelievable but they’re actually true. At the start of Luke’s gospel something that sounds pretty unbelievable happens.
There was priest called Zechariah who was married to a woman called Elizabeth who was barren, which meant that she was unable to have children.
But God was gracious and kind to them and something that seemed to be unbelievable happened. He sent an angel to Zechariah to tell him some amazing news…
“The angel said to Zechariah: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John…”
Zechariah couldn’t get his head around this news and his response was to say ‘I don’t believe it!’ But his wife Elizabeth when she heard the news she was overjoyed and recognised that God had done a wonderful thing for them.
In the Bible we are told the good news about Jesus, God’s Son, and the one God sent to rescue us from our sins which He did by dying on the cross and being raised from the dead, and people today respond to this good news the same way Zechariah and Elizabeth did.
Some people when they hear the good news about Jesus say ‘I don’t believe it!’ – It can’t be true. They don’t recognise that Luke has carefully investigated all the facts so that we can be certain that what he has written about Jesus is true.
But other people when they hear the good news about Jesus say ‘I do believe it!’ and its wonderful news and they thank and praise God for doing this wonderful thing.
Just think for a moment about your response to the good news about Jesus. Are you someone who says ‘I don’t believe it!’ it can’t be true or someone who says ‘I do believe it!’ – God really has done a wonderful thing and I’m going to trust in Jesus to rescue me from the punishment of hell my sin deserves.
(Photo: © Nevit Dilmen)