Sunday, December 25, 2005

The Meaning of Christmas...in God's Own Words (and a few of mine)

I could say a whole lot about this oh-so-thrilling holiday, the one that makes kids go wild the world over. But first, I'll let The Lord Himself speak on the matter, since He knows better than I what's what:

Luke 2:1-14
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them,

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”


And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”


And why did all this happen, Mir asks, rhetorically?


Galatians 4:4-6
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

~Yes, as the lovely modern Christmas song says to Mary, "Did you know...when you kissed your little baby, you kissed the face of God?" That's a stunning thought. That boggles my mind. But God does that--boggle, astound, overwhelm, awe.

So, remember, as you feast and sing and watch seasonal reruns and give thanks with those you love, that what we're celebrating is a true miracle, a work of wonder, and the most humble act in all of history--God becoming man, Creator becoming the created, the possessor of all becoming the possessor of nothing, the Almighty One becoming powerless.

For us.

Frankly, I'm not worth a drop of his sweat or a single second of him wearing coarse diapers. But I'm glad He thinks we are worth it. AMEN!

"Love came down...such a long time ago..."

MERRY CHRISTMAS and GOD BLESS US, EVERY ONE!

1 comment:

upwords said...

Amen...love came down. :)

Thanks for this,
MG