Jesus is supreme.
Christ is worthy.
He is the focal point of Christmas.
The Savior in the stable on a rescue mission.
The Miracle of Presence
The miracle of Christmas is that God came near to us. God’s presence. It all happened in a most remarkable moment…a moment like no other. This is spectacular! God became a man. Divinity arrived. Heaven opened herself and placed her most precious one in a human womb. The omnipotent, in one instant, became flesh and blood. The one who was larger than the universe became a microscopic human embryo. And he who sustains the world with a word chose to be dependent upon the nourishment of a young peasant girl. Are you kidding me!
And God came near to you. He came, not as a distant flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror or super hero or popular celebrity, but as one whose first cries were heard by a young girl and a sleepy carpenter. This is Immanuel—God, God, God…with us.
Majesty in the midst of the mundane.
Holiness in the middle of sheep manure and sweat.
This baby had overseen the universe.
These rags keeping him warm were the robes of eternity.
His golden throne room had been abandoned in favor of a dirty sheep pen.
And worshipping angels had been replaced with kind hardworking shepherds.
God could have started the redemption mission of the King anywhere, but it began in a manger. Why? To meet us where we are. To be present with us. Because of LOVE for us. It could have been your workplace, workshop, barn, car, living room or basement to come close. To meet us where we actually are today. Personal. This is beyond our comprehension, so we just worship because this is the most wonderful time of the year!
The song, “O Holy Night” captures the awe of Christmas and our response,
“Fall on your knees…night divine.”
Take some time this Christmas to bring the awe back to your Christmas. Set aside the busy mall, last minute shopping, cooking for the family, building the perfect toy, hanging the lights and putting up the tree to just STOP. Think. Think about Jesus, about a baby who wants to know you. It will be worth it.
What do you think?
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