You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. (Luke 1:31)
Relate: I hate winter. I hate snow. I’m not a big fan of Christmas Trees. When I came home one day in late October… yes, October, to find my roommate had put one up, the first words out of my mouth were, “What is this abomination?” I hate snow. I do love Christmas music… for about the first two hours that I hear it. Then I’ve had enough until next year. Keep me away from the glitter, the lights, the cold… did I mention I hate snow?
But I love Christmas. I know it wasn’t the true day He was born. I think the best argument for when He was born goes to late summer. But in reality, every day is Christmas. I should remember that He is present in the world every day because He is living in me. If you have surrendered your life to Christ then He is living in you too. We are the living reality of the incarnation of Christ.
React: I wonder what it would have been like to be Mary and Joseph. I wonder how it must have felt to hold the tiny fragile baby who is the very embodiment of God Himself. How hard must it have been for Joseph to reverence the Immanuel (God with us) as he changed another dirty diaper? Did they have a struggle between the heart knowing the greatness of the miracle Jesus represented and the mind trapped in the mundane drudgery that is part and parcel to humanity? Or is that only something I struggle with knowing, yet not fully comprehending that the God who has created the universe has set up His dwelling in me, and can do so in you as well. He has come… and He is still here.
God, help me to never lose the wonder of the fact that You have come. You left the glory of heaven to be born in a barn and live through all the beauty and pain that this life has to offer. When days are good and the sun is shining, You know and share my joy. When the rains pour misery into my life You can truly empathize. Just as You stepped into this world and into my life help me to carry You to those who have not yet come to realize what an incarnate God can truly mean for them.