“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
That is the message of Christmas. It’s a promise of hope, a great light to a world so dark only God Himself could redeem it. So God sent His only son to us, not as a king in a palace, but as a baby in a manger. Yes, Jesus IS the reason for this season of awe, and everything about His birth speaks to our journey of faith in Him.
First, we must be born again. Jesus was not only born in a stable in Bethlehem, but He’s born into each of us individually, the moment we say yes to His lordship in our lives. Angels sang then, and Luke 15:10 tells us they celebrate in Heaven today over each new name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
And just as the circumstances of his birth were humble and unassuming, so is His Lordship within us. His truth escapes the proud and those embalmed in dead religion but is readily available to those who come in humility. The important scholars of the day were blind to Jesus’ light. It didn’t match their expectations. Who first recognized Jesus? Shepherds working the night shift. Then elders like Simeon and Anna who had been waiting eagerly for years to see Messiah. Their heart’s cries were answered that day in the temple when 8-day-old Jesus was brought to be dedicated. Wise men watched and followed the light of His glory no matter where it would take them. Like these, we give Him the honor He is due, and we cannot go home the way we came.We are forever, radically changed by His glory.
Finally, the account of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2 concludes like this: And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. God wants us to follow his growth track–one that takes us to new heights both spiritually and in relation to others.
Today, the light of Jesus’ birth reaches through time, touching every part of our lives with its brightness. This season and throughout the coming year, let us live in that light and see the power of God firsthand.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!