Wednesday, December 24, 2014

More Than a Baby in a Manger, More than Christmas Day

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One night unlike any other night in history… One night that didn’t involve any decorated trees or hefty men sliding down chimneys. Not one sugarplum fairy danced in a dream and there was no such thing as elves.
 
Just one night. One holy night.
 
Dreams. Angels. Doubt. Fear. Confusion. Commitment. Long dusty roads. Labor pains. No room. One open manger.
 
The night of Jesus.
 
Grown fully in His mother’s dark and quiet womb, He was the Light of this dark world.
That O holy night when a scared and pregnant young girl and her man lay in a foul-smelling barn floor beside dirty animals was the night the Holy Creator burst forth into our atmosphere just as He would years later, but this time… as a messy and crying newborn.
 
This brand new baby has a name.
 
With his little feet and tiny ears, He was Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
As His relieved and weary mother gazed into her newborn’s eyes, the Savior of the world, who would one day banish sin and death, was staring back at her wide-eyed.
 
As Joseph proudly held his son for the first time, He was holding the true Son of God, the only Son who is One with His Heavenly Father. Joseph cradled the Sovereign Almighty in his calloused hands.
Before Jesus could even eat whole food, He was the Bread of Life, the food that fills our soul and satisfies to the deepest part.
 
Before He took His first step, wobbly and clumsy as any toddler could be, He was the Good Shepherd, giver of guidance and protection.
 
Before He uttered His first word, He was The Word. He embodied the words of God.
 
Immanuel.
God with us.
 
 
As he started growing tall and strong, He was Rabbi. Prophet. High Priest. He knew well and was all about Father’s business.
 
He was more than the son of a carpenter.
 
 
To the frantic wedding party, He is the Miracle Worker.
 
To the royal official’s son, He is Ultimate Physician.
 
To the possessed and oppressed, He is Deliverer.
 
To the sick and dying, He is Healer and Life-Giver.
 
To the withered hand, He is Strength and Might.
 
To the stormy sea, He is Ruler.
 
To the blind, He is Sight.
 
To the darkness, He is Light.
 
To the crowd, He is the Cross-Bearer.
 
To death, He was Conqueror!
 
To the grave, He was Over-Taker!
 
To the world, HE IS SAVIOR!
 
There is no other! That once baby in the manger is the very one who died on the cross of torment to SAVE this world that He longs for and loves. He is love. He is Savior. He is Almighty God!
This Christmas, may we all be reminded that it. is. all. about. Jesus.
Because, to Christmas, Jesus really is the reason.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” {Isaiah 9:6,7}
“And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”{Luke 1:31-33}

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
{Matthew 1:23}

Oh, Holy Night will turn into Oh, Glorious Day when our Savior comes back!
 
Have a Very Merry Christmas!

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