Luke 1:1-4 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
The phrase the things that have been fulfilled really jumped out at me when I read this passage. Within the gospels are many references to prophecies from the Old Testament. Clearly throughout our record of the prophets' words to the people of Israel are numerous prophecies concerning the Messiah. And as we look at them and compare them to the stories of Jesus in the New Testament, we see that they have indeed been fulfilled. They came to pass just like the prophets, whose words came from God, said they would. And this tells us that Jesus was never just an afterthought. God planned His coming all along. Even the book of Revelation makes reference to the Lamb slain from the creation of the world (Revelation 13:8). The great care that went into His plan for Jesus is His great care for us. He has provided full restoration and redemption for us to receive the fulness of every blessing designed for us by God.
Psalm 139 speaks of God's great care for us. Verse 16 tells us, . . . all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. And Jeremiah 29:11, spoken even in the midst of great calamity for the Israelites, proclaims of them (and us as we are grafted in to the vine), "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. . ."
If we look carefully and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us, we can see the unquestionable undeniable heart of God for us. Even when the Israelites turned from God, He was constantly wooing them back to Himself and promising restoration. In Jesus Christ, the Messiah, He absolutely made good on His promises to the Israelites and to all who would be blessed through them. And to us, what does He say in Romans 8? And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. When then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [Nothing!!!]
If you think you've missed His plan for you, I believe with all my heart, that in whatever place you find yourself today, it can be a springboard to propel you right back into the center of His plans for you. God Himself is working to fulfill His plans and purposes in you for the fulfillment of His Kingdom now and forever. He is reconciling and redeeming, drawing unto Himself all always. And His love never fails. This, too, is the message of Christmas.