1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. 2 The Word was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 5 And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–
Movies abound today about the “magic” of Christmas. Somewhere a child inside hopes it really is true that someone esoterically posing as Santa is the real deal. Not so much. But there is One Who really does know when we are sleeping and awake – One Who truly does provide for our needs and watches over us. He certainly knows whether we have been good or bad and keeps a thorough record of it in His Book of Life. Even more amazing, when we truly do deserve a boatload of lumps of coal, He gives us eternal life – freely.
But sometimes the miracles of Christmas can get lost in the simple fact that it is a well known story that has been told and retold and we forget just how amazing a reality the miracle of Christ’s birth is. In fact, there are so many miracles in what Christ accomplished in His birth. Mankind was condemned to a fallen world, no thanks to Adam and Eve (well, we all would have done the same thing). But right there in that moment, God knew we needed a Savior. In His sovereignty He planned to come and Himself crush the head of our mortal enemy. He did it as a baby. Talk about the enemy being whipped. But the most amazing thing is that this baby was born miraculously, fulfilling prophecies, fulfilling perfectly the genealogy of Christ, born of a virgin. A miracle indeed. Holy. Righteous. Fully God and fully man. How amazing. Much more amazing to me than reindeer flying through the air – just sayin’.
So if we are struggling to get that Christmas “spirit”, perhaps what we need is a healthy dose of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes it is in the simplicity of stepping out of our ordinary routine to give that we have that “Christmas feeling”. I felt it yesterday at a nursing home, but realized in that moment that we can have that feeling all year through. The miracle of Jesus is not confined to a day and needs to be heard and lived out daily. When we operate in a manner just like our Father did – giving of Himself, we have the greatest joy. We can search for opportunities to give and serve others not just when we feel celebratory or the calendar dictates the moment. Merry Christmas, all. Jesus loves you so very much more than you could ever imagine!
Lord, thank you for the miracle of Your birth. I stand in awe of You. Fill us with the wonder of what You did and Who You are. Love you!