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
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.
Enjoy this Christianized version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by the group Cloverton. It beautifully sets forth the glory of the birth of Jesus Christ, the One who made it possible for all of us to live in the Reign.
Everything changed the day Jesus Christ was born as a babe in Bethlehem. One of the things that changed was our view of God. The God enshrouded in the mystery of history stepped into our world and introduced Himself to us in the Person of His Son. Our view of God would never be the same as a result.
The birth of Jesus Christ is more than just a cute story to be thought on and celebrated at Christmas time. It was literally the day that changed everything. Do you realize that event reached as far as the kingdoms of this world?
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.