As the author Charles Dickens' story A Christmas Carol begins, there is mystery surrounding Ebenezer Scrooge. Why is he so mean? How did he become so selfish? Suddenly, as the Christmas spirits marched Scrooge through his own story, things become clearer. We see the influences that changed him from a happy youth into a selfish miser. The story shows us his isolation and brokenness. As the mystery is solved, we also glimpse the path to restoration.
The real mystery of Christmas is how God could become man while remaining fully God. It defies human explanation, but in the perfect wisdom of God, it was the plan of the ages.