Christmastime: Jingle Bells, Caroling, Mistletoe, and Ho Ho Ho’s. Shopping for that perfect gift, baking cookies, elves, and decorations everywhere.
Christmastime: Family gatherings, Christmas trees, garland, and St Nick. Lights, glitter, tinsel, and wreaths.
Christmastime: Candy Canes, Reindeer, Secret Santa, and Ornaments. Joy to the World. Hark the Herald Angels Sing. O Little Town of Bethlehem. Unto Us a Child is Born.
Christmastime: We all have visions of what Christmas is supposed to be. We have traditions, memories, plans, and generally much merriment and celebration is to be had by all.
Christmastime: The promise of a Savior foretold long ago. The long-anticipated birth of our king, Lord, and Savior has finally arrived. He wasn’t just any baby. The Creator creates Himself in a new form. He comes as that which He created. Not coming like a human, but as a human. Jesus…the God/man. Growing in the womb and experiencing all those human things common to man except sin. He leaves heaven just for us.
He didn’t have to come. He could have chosen an easier way. But, He didn’t. He chose to come out of his deep and great love for each one of us. He didn’t come as a grown-up or even a child, but as a helpless baby. The creator becomes the created, which in itself is unbelievable, but He did it anyway. He came just as Scripture foretold.
Christmastime: Our King of Kings and Lord of Lords comes in a way we least expect. He is born in a stable at the backside of an inn. His bed is a trough. He’s amongst the animals. There’s no room for him anywhere else. Insignificance seems to mark his birth. What royal lineage would enter the world this way? There is no royal fanfare announcing His birth. No trumpets sounding from the palace or messengers sending word throughout the land that the royal son has arrived. But wait, what man doesn’t announce, God does. With a star and a multitude of angels, He is announced to the shepherds and wise men of old. The Savior from everlasting past comes to fulfill a promise. He has arrived just as He said He would, born in the city foretold, born to a virgin. Our Emmanuel, God with us, has arrived. The hope that we all long for is born some 2000 years ago.
He grows up in our world and comes to fulfill more of His promises. He experiences life as a human being and so understands our struggles. The creator comes to serve us. The creator comes to give us a hope and a future, and even comes to die for each of us …in our place… taking on all our sin so that we can be in fellowship with Him forever. And so, God shows us His great love for us, first as a baby, then on the cross, and forever with us.