"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
The messages of Christmas are the essence of the "good news of great joy" which is to all the people.
God's message to the world is that He has a plan, He has a purpose, and He has the power to pull them off!
What was His plan?
His plan was to undo what Adam did. He wanted to restore the Paradise that was lost when Adam surrendered to sin. That plan was announced to the serpent in the garden.
"And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 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." Genesis 3:14-15
In fact, God had a plan for redemption even BEFORE Adam fell!
"but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God." I Peter 1:19-21
Abraham was a huge part of God's plan because through Him, God established a race of people through whom He could send a redeemer.
Moses was a huge part of God's plan to deliver His people, to receive the Law and to follow God to the Promised Land.
The priests and the sacrificial system was part of the plan to foreshadow the coming of One Who would do away with sins.
God even used the Greeks and the Romans to set up the structure and the mindset that set the stage for Christ to come.
When you study history you cannot miss HIS STORY - His plan is evident in every development of mankind!
GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD A PLAN! Jesus was at the center of it! His coming at Christmas proved that God had a plan and He is serious about its execution!
You are part of God's plan! Do you know how you fit in? What will you do today to find God's plan?