A few weeks ago, two convicts in a Chicago area high-rise prison made a daring descent. They tied 20 stories worth of bed sheets together, broke their cell window and then shimmied 20 stories down the side of the building. Once on the ground, they hailed a cab and made their escape. As you can well imagine, the hunt is on for these two convicts.
This tale of escape sure brings up a number of questions; for example, how did they acquire the bed sheets? Why were there no eyewitnesses who saw them rappel 20 stories down the side of the prison? Where did the money come from for the cab? These and a host of other questions come to mind as you wonder how they successfully orchestrated their plan.
However, the one question no one asks is, “Why did they do it?” Everyone knows that answer; they wanted to escape; they wanted freedom.
2000 years ago in Bethlehem an even bigger descent took place. Jesus Christ descended from Heaven to a manger in Bethlehem. Accordingly, there are a host of questions that accompany His miraculous entrance to this world, but the one thing that does not have to be questioned is “Why did Jesus Do it?”
He did it for you and for me! The angel said, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.”(Luke 2:10-11)
Have a wonderful Christmas Eve!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D