A son will be given to us… And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace…From then on and forevermore. Isaiah 9:6-7a
Yes, the Christmas Holiday Season for this year is now over; gifts are all exchanged, parties are past, decorations are packed away in boxes and the characters and crèche for the Story of Christmas is stowed away out of sight until next year. Will they remain “out of mind” as well?
Through the hopelessness of Zechariah and Elizabeth, the way was prepared for the hope of the World!
Through the helplessness of Mary and a tiny little baby, strength was made perfect in weakness!
Through the humbled hopes of Joseph’s dream, Divine providence created a home for His Son!
Through the humiliating position of shepherding, the Good Shepherd was welcomed!
Through the hungering soul of Simeon, the Comforter is revealed in flesh!
Through the hurting emotions of Anna, the Prince of Peace is proclaimed!
Through the heathen nation of Gentiles, the Savior of the World is sought!
Indeed, God’s chosen vessels for the preparation of that very first Christmas should never be forgotten. Their acceptance of God’s will and obedient response to His miraculous, perfect ways made ripples in the sea of man’s world and the scope of God’s heavenly plan for all eternity.
From the Father’s preparation, provision, protection and proclamation for the arrival of His baby son came the unchangeable, foundational principles by which you and I are intended and free to live—not only at Christmas, but each moment of every day. Jesus did not come to condemn our humanity but to be the center of all mankind who will give Him their hearts, their wills, and their human limitations.
The Heart of Christmas is astounding: “God So LOVED…” The message of Christmas is amazing: “…the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” The provision for Christmas is mysterious: “The Word became flesh.” The reason of Christmas is a mercy: “…came not to condemn but to save.” The invitation from Christmas is miraculous: “whosoever believes….” The promise of Christmas is marvelous: “shall not perish.” The Gift of Christmas is eternal: “but have everlasting life!” (John 3:16, I John 5:11) It’s Jesus!
Love came down at Christmas and Christmas continues…when LOVE is at the center of you and me!