The angel of the Lord said to Joseph, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
What would God say the equivalent of His “giving out cigars” would have been at the birth of Christ? In other words, what would He consider to be the mark of the birth of His Son? I mean, He’s dropped manna from the sky but there is nothing scriptural that says He rained stogies on His people (somebody please correct me if I’m wrong). Initially, of course, the angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds. Would that be His “cigar?” The star of Bethlehem? Or maybe His Word–is that it? Or was it the cross; was God’s “sign” of Christ’s birth simultaneous to that of Christ’s death? What did the Lord give us so that we, His sons and daughters, would know of the birth of Jesus Christ?
Here’s my thought: He gave us far more than some dead tobacco plant. He gave us the true vine, a plant that has conquered death, so that as branches, we too might live forever in fellowship with God the Father. The resurrected Christ is our “cigar,” God’s birth announcement to us. For without it, there is no Gospel, no Christianity, no salvation–there is no hope!
It’s a boy! Praise the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!