And the angel said to her, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). Permit me to ask you two questions. Could anything else be written about the birth of Jesus Christ that would enhance the story? Is there anything that I could possibly add? I invite you to read more.
The quick, simple, and emphatic answer to those questions is no! No words could possibly make the story of the incarnate birth of God, born to a virgin, in a lowly stable, on a beautiful star filled night in Bethlehem, long ago, more spectacular!
Anyone with a smidgen of biological knowledge knows that virgins do not give birth. Yet, we also know that the Jewish people had long waited for their Messiah and Isaiah had prophesied a virgin birth. He said the one born to this virgin was to be named Emmanuel. Then after about 700 years, his prophecy was fulfilled on that first Christmas night. The unimaginable happened. A child was born of a virgin, and not just any child, this child was the Son of God.
The word incarnate is derived from the Latin word incarnatio which means, to make flesh. The Son of God assumed our flesh, body, and soul, and dwelled among us. He became man to redeem us. The divine nature of God was joined with human nature. Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, was born. Jesus came to repair the breach between God and man caused by the sin of Adam and Eve.
We hear the story of Christ’s birth every Christmas and every Christian proclaims the truth of His virgin birth. Yet, I often wonder if we are adequately blown away, astonished and amazed by this truly incomprehensible story.
In these last few remaining days of Advent, I encourage you to go outside on a clear starry night to ponder the enormity of the universe. Take a moment to reflect on the great natural wonders of our earth. Contemplate the miracle of life itself.
With those thoughts in mind, turn your attention to this. God loved us so much that He, the Author of Life, the Creator of the universe, the One who set time and space in motion, chose to become like us in all things except sin. He did this to save us from our sins, so that we could spend eternity with Him in paradise. This spectacular event is what we are about to celebrate.
A young virgin gave birth to The Holy One, Emmanuel, The Son of God, The Prince of Peace, and The Savior of the World. As we scurry around buying our last few Christmas gifts, caught up in the busyness of the season, and as we gather with friends and family during these next few days, let’s not allow the magnitude of this miraculous event to escape us.
This tiny little baby boy would grow up and one day go on to:
Fulfill the Old Testament prophecies
Change water into wine
Give sight to the blind
Restore hearing to the deaf
Heal the crippled
Allow the dumb to speak
Cure the lepers
Raise the dead
Become the Bread of Life
Be crucified for the sins of the world
Rise from death on the third day
Become the King of Kings and Ruler of the World
Grant eternal life to all who believe in Him.
No dear friends, there is nothing else I, or anyone, could write that could possibly add to the story of Christ’s wonderous birth. In just a few days it will be time once again to sit in awe of His miraculous incarnation. As we gather on Christmas day for food, presents, joy and laughter and memories of Christmases gone by, let’s make time to remember the amazing event we are gathered for; namely, the incarnation of our Lord and Savior.
Heavenly Father, help me to never lose site of the shear miraculous wonder of that very first Christmas night. It was the night that your love for mankind was on glorious display. It was the night of our dear Savior’s birth. Thank you Father for the gift of your Son. Amen!
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