“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. …His kingdom shall never end.” (Luke 1:31, 33)
The miracle of Jesus’s birth is one that’s been for more than two thousand years. In the moment that the Angel revealed to Mary that she was with child, by the power of the Holy Spirit, God was born on Earth as one of us.
God had always existed; Scripture tells us that He made all that we know. To walk among us, though, as a man, is a thought-defying step of divine love. Especially when we acknowledge His purpose – to heal us, to save us, to reunite us with the Father, and to endure the harshest any man can ever and will ever endure – the sin of the entire world – to make it so.
This is the kind of love that leads us into the most sacred worship. In John Sullivan Dwight’s translation of the hymn “O Holy Night,” we sing in the choruses,
Fall on your knees
O hear the angels’ voices
O night, divine
O night, when Christ was born
By his birth, “the soul felt its worth” and “in His name all oppression shall cease” the hymn sings.
In the Christian life, God can be born to us the moment we accept Jesus Christ as Lord of our life. Hallelujah that this miracle occurs each day, at our choosing, around the world! There is no corner too remote, no circumstance too dire, no environment off limits to be God’s delivery room.
There is no corner too remote, no circumstance too dire, no environment off limits to be God’s delivery room.
In this way, we become like Mary, and the Spirit of God, whom Jesus sends, comes to dwell within us. As we walk in discipleship, our growth in the Spirit blooms into new life. We become a new person in Christ. It is the birth of Christ in us that is the most reverent way we can ever live.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the miracle of life. The birth and life of Jesus were gifts to us that we can never earn or repay through works. Your grace is overwhelming. Let me worship you in holy ways throughout this sacred season, and by doing so, bring Jesus to life for others. Amen.