Count Zinzendorf, the founder of the Moravians, was converted in an art gallery in Dusseldorf. He stood before a painting of Christ on the cross. Below the painting was an inscription. “I did this for thee. What hast though done for me?” Zinzendorf was cut to the quick and surrendered his life to Jesus Christ.
The picture had been painted by an artist three hundred years before. When the artist had finished his first sketch of the face of the Redeemer, he called in his landlady’s daughter and asked her who she thought it was. The little girl looked at it and said, “It is a good man.” The artist knew he had failed. He destroyed the first sketch and prayed.
Then with great skill he finished a second. Again he called the little girl in and asked her to tell him who she thought the face represented. This time the girl said that she thought it looked like a great sufferer. Again, the painter knew that he had failed and again destroyed the sketch.
After meditation and prayer he made a third sketch. When it was finished he called the girl a third time and asked her who it was. Looking at the portrait, the girl exclaimed, “It is the Lord Jesus Christ!”
The Coming of Jesus Christ
That alone makes the coming of Jesus Christ meaningful to the world. Not that a good man came, not that a wise teacher came, not that a great sufferer came, but that God came.
Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ, the prophet Isaiah predicted our savior virgin birth. “Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name, ‘Immanuel.’” (Isaiah 7:14)