By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

The cast of characters playing host to the most universally life-changing drama that ever took place on earth was selected by a holy "Master-mind" who orchestrated and determined the entire event.
Issuing peoples, places, themes, and timing in advance, the High and Holy One named God, looked down from His holy station in heaven and sanctioned a degree of love for man that was baffling, mystifying, and magnitizing, and He invited man into it.
He didn't confer with dignitaries or prominent "others" on who should, and should not, get to play a role in the great Messiah's coming.
He decided this alone.
And all along the way, God chose to compose and "litter" His holy story with the unglittering realities of man and in doing so; He didn't dim the light, He only set the stage for an appreciation of the glory and wonder of it.
From pagans, to prophets, to prostitutes, and publicans;
From idolators, to adulterers, to murderers, and sinners;
God swept through the "sea" of corrupt humanity and created for us an "impossible" eternity.
Even an unseen character felt His coming.
Hmmm ...
John the Baptist lays hidden in his mother Elizabeth's womb.
He's not even five pounds.
His growing and expanding body is taking shape in an aged womb and in the context of impossibility, and yet he is growing beautifully.
And then ... the remembrance of something more sizeable than a baby's birth happens:
Another woman enters the room with an extraordinary "filled womb" containing the Messiah.
Before cries can be uttered and voices heard;
Before fingers can be counted and toes touched;
Before a face is caressed and a breast nuzzled against,
little John and the Messiah exchange their first greeting:
"And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah; and entered into the house of Zachariah and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in  her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. And she spoke out with a loud voice, and said, 'Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy ..."
Luke 1:39-45
It's impossible to conceive the impregnable love of God in "this" moment of mystery.
It's impossible to understand and believe the depth of immortal, unconditional love God has for frail humanity.
It's impossible to grasp the manner in which God chose to redeem man for an eternity.
Oh how He loves ...
You and me.
Read the geneology of Christ this Christmas season.
Gather and compose the "seedy" names and lives of peoples ushered into His holy pages, and read the story of redemption before it ever begins. For one named "John" joy began in the womb. What an invisible wonder!
God's patterns are holy.
His love is pure.
His intentions are made visible ...
And the "love" story is true.
May the filling and the indwelling of the Spirit be yours this blessed Christmas season.
May you leap for joy in the discovery:
That from the womb to the tomb;
To a room being prepared for you in eternity;
Your soul is saved and safe for all eternity because of JESUS.
For the little "Johns" and the big Johns,
And all yet to be ...
Have a "Mercy" Christmas.
"... I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there ye may also be."
John 14:2-3