What He Chose

Dr. Don Sisk

When I think of the birth of Jesus I am amazed at what He chose. He made choices that none of us have had to make.

He chose His parentage. Is it not amazing that He chose to be born to a lowly Israelite maid? “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden…” (Luke 1:38, 46–48).

He chose as His step father a lowly carpenter. Since sons traditionally followed the occupation of their fathers, in reality He chose the type of work He would do for several years. Joseph was not a high profile person, but he was an honorable man.

He chose His lifestyle. He could have been born in a palace, but He chose to be born in a stable. He could have lived a life of luxury, but He chose to live a life of simplicity.

He chose the people He would be affiliated with. The most popular and the most prestigious people of that day could have been his companions. However, He chose to spend time with the lowly. “For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word” (Isaiah 66:2). God is not impressed with our pedigree, but with a contrite and obedient heart.

He chose to live in perfect submission to His Father. “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (John 4:34). “I do always those things that please him” (John 8:29).

He chose His manner of death. Even before the world was created, long before man sinned, He chose to come to the earth as the Lamb of God and die for sinners. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” (1 Peter 1:18–20). Thank God blood is sufficient to save every sinner in the world. “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

He chose to commit to frail humans the great task of telling the world what He chose to do for them. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit” (John 15:16).

May we choose to be totally involved in that which He has chosen for us to do. We have a wonderful story for the world. What a shame it would be if we did not share it with all of the 6.7 billion people in the world today.