Christmas is here. It’s the 25th of December and I thought I should share with you how I see Christmas. It is as always a great time of the year, a time when families get together in the warmth of a fire under the same roof, to be a part of each other’s lives. In such a beautiful setting, it is indeed fit to remember that God almighty came to this messy world a little more than two thousand years ago to be a part of our lives and to find his place in our hearts.
It was also a time of unexpected happenings. Mary, a young woman, never expected that she would carry the saviour of the world in her womb. Joseph never expected the woman he was about to marry getting pregnant. The inn-keeper was not expecting visitors, the animals at the stable never expected the living God joining them in their humble abode. The world never expected the Messiah to come as the son of a carpenter. They were expecting a king.
And thus it goes on and on…
But the unexpectedness made it more meaningful.
Imagine the situation if Jesus was born a king. Following a king is definitely more easy than following a carpenter. In the mould of society, the king promises protection and demonstrates authority. But I guess that’s the point. Following Jesus meant going beyond what the society said would be more rewarding. It meant going against the Pharisees and the teachers of the law. It meant going against powerful kings and empires. It required a step of faith. A determined decision. A step that made the relationship more meaningful. And that remains the same today. Being a Christian can be tough and challenging. When a lot of things the world says makes sense, it takes courage and great faith to step into the Jordan. But as it stands proven, the waters never part until your feet get wet.
It is also amazing how God chose the shepherds to be ones who were informed first. A group of people not great by standards of society, living on their own, away from family. Imagine the milieu that surrounded such a character . Why not inform the great nobles and kings? It is notable how the reaction of these shepherds was immediate. How they immediately set out to see their messiah born in a manger. In a time when the picture of the messiah being born as a king was so strong, the way they left the baby Jesus, glorifying God moves us to worship.
And in the middle of all this worship, Mary ponders the things she see in her heart. The angel had said that a sword would pierce her own heart. Imagine how she must have felt. And imagine where Joseph was emotionally as he looked on at the wonder that was there before his eyes. The past few months were not easy for him.
The story of Christmas brings out so many truths. It is beyond anything that we can comprehend. The fact that God came down as a poor man just like you and me, died for us and lives today as our source of help.
One of my favourite songs, ‘He’s been in my shoes’ by Petra goes like this:
‘He been in my shoes
Been down this road before’
‘The union of God in a man
Is a mystery that I can’t understand’
And that’s what is most important. Love came down in the form of a human being and walked on earth as one of us and died a brutal death so that you and I could be a part of an eternal relationship with God.
Let’s thank God for the glorious impossible that happened two thousand years ago and let us share with everyone what it has done to our lives. Before you leave listen to the song ‘Glorious Impossible’ by the Gaither Vocal Band and praise God like I just did.
God bless you!