I wonder if I, at the time of His birth, would have realized the magnitude of what was happening, had I been there.
Would I have believed He was who they said He was before the miracles? Before His sermons? Before His Death? Before His Resurrection? Before the veil was torn and a way was made for me?
This day is a big day. The day His Father said, “It’s time. They need me. I want them. Now is the time.”
And then this little baby, helpless, but with all the power, authority, and holiness of His Father, was born in a barn.
And all of a sudden, everything changed. No longer were there infinite miles between us and God. He was right there in the flesh. We never had to go back to a time where He was unavailable.
He was right here.
But, oh, the beauty of this story isn’t really the beginning, or the middle, or what so many thought was the end. The beauty of all of it comes three days later.
Today, though, we celebrate the day that this beautiful plan came to earth in Jesus. And we remember that today isn’t about gifts or even spending time with family, but about a God who loved all of us so much that He sent His son, the perfect Lamb, to become a ransom for us. He would be the only One who could pay such a price and bridge the divide that our sin had created between us and our Father. And He would do it all out of the same love for us.
We will never have to be apart from Him again. In our deepest joy and our deepest pain, He IS with us. When our path is clear and when we can’t even see our feet, He IS with us. When our health flourishes and when our bodies fail us, He IS with us.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace, good will to men.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.