Scripture Reading For the Day: Luke 2:1-21
It was a cold, dark night. This is perhaps one of the assumptions we can make about this historic time in history. The roads were filled with hundreds, if not thousands of travelers heading for Bethlehem to register for the census. Imagine the sounds and smells of that winter night.
Joseph and Mary were quietly making their way to Bethlehem. Their minds replayed the angel’s visits. Joseph knew the baby wasn’t his. Mary knew the baby wasn’t his. This young couple walked quietly, trying not to draw attention to the fact that they weren’t married and that Mary was pregnant. The rumor mill was active that night.
They arrived in Bethlehem hoping to draw as little attention as possible. All that was left was a manger, and as the contractions began, it was hard to believe that this was more than an ordinary birth.
Meanwhile, back at the flock, shepherds were doing what shepherds do: trying to stay awake on the night watch. What happened next was confusing, from a human perspective: the angel showed up and a chorus of angels joined him, singing! The angels were simply obeying their creator and they filled the night sky with music that showed the shepherds that a trip to Bethlehem would be more than worth it. There was something about that visit from the shepherds that caused Mary to begin to believe the angel had been telling the truth about her baby.
Isn’t it amazing that scripture tells us that Jesus was named before he was conceived! This is the same intimacy that our Heavenly Father bestows on us: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you (Jeremiah 1:5).”
The creator of the universe, our creator, loves and cherishes us in the same way He loves and cherishes his own son.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas, let us pause and “treasure up all these things, pondering them in our heart.” Our creator set the stage for Jesus’ birth, and he also set the stage for your birth and mine.
“He had to come as he came to be what he was, perfect
He had to be what he was, perfect, in order to do what he did, redeem.
He had to do what he did, redeem, so that we can have what he is, life
And we need what he is, life, in order to be what he was… perfect.”
- David Hill, 1977 Calvary Church