8 In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11 Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:8 – 11
6 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:6 – 7 CSB
I believe the birth of Jesus Christ to be the single most significant event of all time.
Think about it.
The God who spoke the world into existance implanted Himself in the womb of a young Jewish girl who had never been married, underwent nine months of gestation, and then was born as an infant. Although He looked exactly like any other newborn baby, He was anything but ordinary. His birth absolutely rocked our world right down to its foundations. Let’s look at a couple of reasons why that would be true. (more…)
Christmas is a time for remembering. We remember a young virgin, hardly more than a child, who abandoned herself to the Lord to bear His Son before she was even married. We remember her young fiancée who obediently married her, even though he could hardly understand what was going on. We remember the Child born in a stable. We remember the angels visiting shepherds in the field. All of these images flood our hearts and minds with cherished memories. I would like to propose one more very important thing that needs to be remembered at Christmas time.
I absolutely love this time of year. I find the birth of Jesus Christ to be absolutely fascinating. The thought that God took upon Himself flesh and dwelt among us simply staggers the imagination. For many, however, Christmas merely conjures up sentimental thoughts of a young mother and her child on a quiet night in less than perfect circumstances. While that is certainly part of the story, it is so much more than that. The day Christ was born was the day that changed everything.
Picture this: You are sitting out on a hillside at night watching over your flock of sheep. Millions of stars illuminate the cloudless night. It is so still out in the countryside that the slightest sound can be heard for miles. It’s cold so you and your do-workers are sitting near the fire talking about this and that. It’s a perfect ending to a good day.
Suddenly, the night sky is lit up by and unearthly light. You jump to your feet and look up. A shining figure in the sky is looking back at you. In that moment you would have to know that something significant was about to happen.
At the Advent season, there is a question that presents itself and demands an answer. It is a question that must be answered by every age and generation. The question is this: “Who is this Child?” Who is this Child whose birth gave rise to a holiday that is celebrated all over the world? Who is this Child that has sparked so much controversy and debate? Who is this Child that some faithfully adhere to and others despise? We don’t have to go far to find the answer.