He Has Come (3/14/13)

Read: Numbers 21:1-22:20, Luke 1:26-56, Psalm 57:1-11, Proverbs 11:9-11

You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. (Luke 1:31)

Baby Jesus

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.

Respond: 

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.

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9 comments

  1. I run a Children’s Living Stations of the Cross and it is a great way for them to understand and appreciate what Jesus, Mary and Joseph endured.
    I think it’s the children we need to focus on as they will continue to pass their beliefs on.

    Thanks for the post.

  2. Ditto on the “relate” section!! And AMEN on the other two sections! Great post. :)

  3. I love this. I’ve always tried to guard myself from a ‘religious spirit’ coming from a family that abhors Christmas trees as ‘satanic’. I chose a different route for my children. They don’t belive in Santa, they know Christmas in Jesus’s birthday and we get to open presents in celebration and remembrance of HIM, and in truth may His birthday be in December or August we should celebrate Him in everyday. His life was a pricless gift.

  4. Simply Beautiful: “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”

  5. As a devout Atheist I still love Christmas. I enjoy the trappings, and what’s not to like about The Tree? I even join in the street choirs and sing along as lustily as any … I dislike all the intense commercialism and pressure to “Buy! Buy! Buy!” (to me the premier gift at least should be hand-made by the giver).

    As for the date, if you look into it you’ll find that the early church needed somehow to annex the pagan festivals of the Winter Solstice so they clapped the biggest event of their year onto it regardless. Somehow ended up a couple of days out, but what the heck: mission accomplished.
    Likewise Easter, but they just couldn’t get rid of the name of the original pagan goddess (or the rebirth symbolism of her egg).

    Both festivals tend to bring people together, especially the Tree—so let’s not knock it.

    • BJ

      Actually the superimposed day wasn’t off. Christianity superimposed its holiday over the Roman holiday Deus Invictus Natalis Sol. Not Saturnalia (Dec 17) or Winter Solstice (Dec 21). “The day of the victory of the unconquered sun” you can see how it can have double meaning for the Christian. Besides that, thank you for the input and willingness to comment here. I agree that it is the commercialism (and the cold) that I really don’t like most. Move the holiday to the middle of summer (or move me to Australia) and I’d love it.

  6. Amy

    I’ve been diving more deeply into theology lately, and I’ve recently been doing a self-study on the Fall. Every day is a gift from God, and Christ was the greatest give of love anyone could ever possibly give us. And I happen to be a huge fan of all things Christmas (even snow!). Thank you for your like on my blog post yesterday. It led me here to your blog, only to discover that we’re reading the same daily readings of Scripture! I’ve committed to going through the One Year Bible, and I look forward to reading more of your insights! :-)

  7. Why don’t you like snow? I think it’s just wonderful!:) And by the way, I enjoyed reading your post, and I agree what you said about Christmas (Dec. 25) not being the actual day Jesus was born but that He must have been born sometime near spring/summer. As always, I enjoy reading what you have to share. Thank you.:)

  8. Lovely post,always a lesson to keep in mind,that he was born for us,for our salvation,and that today he lives in us. Everyday is christmas indeed :-)

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