This Christmas, as we wake up and begin our celebration, I want to challenge us to see an aspect of this magnificent holiday that we may be tempted to forget or overlook entirely.
It’s easy to be all mushy gushy at Christmas with the baby Jesus. Christmas is a cultural holiday that nine out of ten Americans celebrate. Americans marvel at a baby in a manager, but we cringe at a Christ on a cross.
Jesus lays down His life to care for yours.
Begetting all, yet born to us.
Uncreated, life begun.
Holding all, yet held by man,
Ageless One in withered hands.
What is this good news of great joy? What is this message that isn’t only good for the upper middle class in America, but for all people?
Christmas has always been for the nations in God’s mind. Everyone and every people group is included in the plan of God.
Jesus becoming man was more than just a cool social experiment of having God walk among us. It was the moving forward of God’s rescue plan.
Maybe, just maybe, we need to change the parameters of our search. Maybe this world can’t deliver what our heart is truly searching for.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
We are right in the midst of the Christmas holiday, during which time we’re reminded of this great truth: that through the miracle of the virgin birth, Jesus Christ was made one of us.