I love Christmas and all it represents. Much more than just a season or special time of year, Christmas encapsulates a profound story I love to share.
A young Mary, pregnant with promise, and Joseph, bearer of a heavenly dream, journeyed together to a village named Bethlehem in great anticipation. A seemingly ordinary couple were secreted away within an unassuming barn to welcome the long-awaited Messiah. While the heavens surged with expectation, poised to announce the birth of the Saviour-King, the world remained quietly unaware.
…He entered into the very world He created,
yet the world was unaware. – John 1:9-10 (TPT)
In the humblest of circumstances, the Son of God became the Son of man; acquainted with both the splendour of heaven and the harsh realities of the world. He removed a heavenly robe and wrapped himself in human skin so that one day, we would know Him. Though the world was unaware of him, He has never been unaware of us.
At the time of Jesus’ birth, the world faced circumstances much like we encounter today: conflict, poverty, turmoil, confusion and instability. Yet, constant and true, endured a promise of a coming King whose arrival would usher in a new way, THE way. This King would lead a different kind of Kingdom – one that would be governed by grace, redemptive love, unrelenting hope and wondrous salvation. A Kingdom in which the Son of God would reign, and to His rule, there would be no end. He would be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
This Christmas, my prayer is that we would be more aware than ever before of the reality and nearness of Jesus Christ. God so loved us that He gave us this incomparable gift; Jesus is the reason we can face the future with hope, knowing that He has thrown open the gates of heaven and the promise of eternity with Him is now ours to embrace.
For many, Christmas is a time of excitement with the joy of gathering to celebrate and fellowship with loved ones. It is always a highlight for our family and our church, and yet I am mindful of those for whom Christmas heightens personal loss and pain, aching loneliness or crippling lack. If you find yourself in this place, I pray you will take comfort in the love and faithfulness of your Saviour and allow His peace to secure you. It was for you that He came… to give you a promise and hope for a better tomorrow.
Wherever you find yourself today, I encourage you to remember that God’s eyes are across your story, well acquainted with your journey and intimately aware of your hopes. If you feel ordinary, unnoticed or forgotten, He knows every detail, seen and unseen. His grace not only covers you but redeems and revives what was lost.
As I close, let me leave you with words the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary in Luke 1:37, “Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.”
Merry Christmas friend, may this wonderful message of hope and promise be more real to you today than ever before.