The power of Christ to draw the attention of the world for over 2,000 years should not surprise us. If he is God, you would expect nothing less. The reality of his unending influence was proclaimed to Mary prior to her conception of Christ.
“And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” – Luke 1:30-33
I love when the Bible swings for the fence. The angel did not leave wiggle room in the prophecy of Jesus…”He will be great”…”He will reign”…”His Kingdom there will be no end.”
As a Christian, these statements give me great comfort. No matter how bad things get, it does not change the final outcome. Any attempt to destroy Christmas and/or Christianity by so called atheists, agnostics, and anti-christs is utterly frivolous.
Psalm 2:1-2 says, “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed.”
On the other hand, as an unbeliever, I would think that the endurance of Christianity over 2,000 years despite constant attacks would be overwhelming evidence of its truthfulness. The angel stated very clearly to Mary that the Kingdom of Jesus will never end.
Never is a long time. That means 100 years after the birth of Jesus he would still have followers. That means 1,000 years after the birth of Jesus he would still have followers. That means 2,000 years after his birth he would still have followers. According to Wikipedia.org there were 2.2 billion people who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. (Granted, a number of those 2.2 billion are not authentic followers of Jesus Christ, but assuming that just half are, the number is absolutely astounding…that is if you think he whole story is one big farce.)
Christianity is not a religion; it is a Kingdom with a King. Christianity claims that the man Jesus of Nazareth is God, and we are to follow him. This Jesus of Nazareth is to reign over a people. This is a radical calling, yet here we are 2,000 years later with millions and millions of people submitting to Jesus as their King. It appears that the angel who spoke to Mary knew what he was talking about.
How many people are still following King Tut? Alexander the Great? Caesar? Charlemagne? Napoleon? King George? ZERO. Their Kingdoms came and went. Why? Because they are mere men. Jesus is no mere man. He is the God-Man, “and of his kingdom there will be no end.”