During the Christmas season, the story of Christ’s birth is faithfully recited in Christian circles. How often do we tell the familiar story however while failing to sincerely acknowledge it’s simple, profound message – a message full of wonderful hope that is “too wise and good not to be true?”
Resist any temptation to dismiss this story or allow it to become too commonplace. Even in the sending of His son to earth, God chose to use the “foolish things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.” (I Cor. 1:27). To the natural man, the Christmas story seems illogical – impossible to comprehend merely by human reasoning because “the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God.” (1 Cor. 2:14)
Christ’s birth is far more than just a story. It is THE STORY, offering us life giving, life altering hope and authentic good tidings of great joy.
Ponder the birth of Christ with fresh eyes and ears this year. Take time to consider the amazing gift we have in this mysteriously true account from ancient history. The words from an old puritan prayer touch me deeply and I pray they will bless you as well:
Herein is wonder of wonders:
He came below to raise me above,
was born like me that I might become like Him.
Herein is love:
when I cannot rise to Him he draws near on wings of grace,
to raise me to Himself.
Herein is power:
when Deity and humanity were infinitely apart
He united them in indissoluble unity, the uncreated and the created.
Herein is wisdom:
when i was undone, with no will to return to Him,
and no intellect to devise recovery,
He came, God-incarnate, to save me to the uttermost,
as man to die my death,
to shed satisfying blood on my behalf,
to work out a perfect righteousness for me.
(The Valley of Vision; A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions edited by Arther Bennett)
I pray that during this Christmas season, our hearts and minds will enlarge to truly hear good tidings of great joy as we ponder the “gift of gifts.”