I realize that this sounds like a strange comparison. Even so, the Birth of Jesus is like the launching of three American astronauts to the moon and back.
Firstly, both were promised beforehand. President John F. Kennedy declared America’s intention to land a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s.
The Old Testament is filled with God’s promises to send a messiah to save those who believe in him. The first mention of the “seed” who would be born as messiah was in Genesis 3:15 (KJV) Where God said to Satan in picturesque language, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” The Word “his” indicates a single person, namely Jesus.
As Matthew 1:21 (KJV) reads, “And she(Mary) shall bring forth a son, and thou (Joseph) shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
What we call Christmas is only the beginning of Jesus’ mission to save humanity from eternal damnation. He did so in part by fulfilling the law through living a perfect life for thirty-three years. As Hebrews 4:15 (KJV) explains, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
Furthermore, Jesus knew that he was sent to die for whosoever repents and believes in him. As Mark 8:31 (KJV) reads, “And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.”
Just as Jesus completed his mission on earth, so the Apollo 11 astronauts blasted off, landed on the moon, and returned safely. As the launch of the rocket started that historic voyage, Christmas is only the beginning of the greatest mission in history.
I greatly hope that readers of my blog have yielded their lives to Christ. God’s Word says that the only other destination for souls after death is hell. This is why I feel constrained to write my book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Far too many people assume that most everybody goes to heaven when the truth is that most won’t.