While many people become nostalgic around the holidays, we must never lose sight of the real reason we acknowledge the birth of Jesus Christ. In terms of the calendar, Jesus was most likely born in the spring time, within the same time of year He later was crucified. We sing about Jesus and we go to plays and performances and maybe even read about Jesus’ birth in the Bible, but sometimes tradition can become so ingrained that it slips into routine and its power is diminished over time. This very tendency we all have is what prompted David to write, “Restore unto me the joy of your salvation.” (Psalm 51:12) We need to reflect, to let it sink in, to cry, to be in awe, to overflow with gratitude, to worship.
We need to be reminded of the profound, awe-inspiring miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ beyond accepting that it happened. We need to remember that the birth of Jesus, the Christ, fulfilled every, single prophecy ever given about the Messiah. We need to remember that Jesus didn’t have to do what He did. The mess He was born into down here was by His own choice because of the Father’s tremendous, passionate, jealous, desperate love for you. We need to remember that Jesus of Nazareth, the Man from Galilee, born in Bethlehem under an ancient, prophetic star, was conceived divinely by the power of God and lovingly placed into the womb of a virgin, and He born for a purpose well beyond the manger. He was the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15), the physical sign of God’s pure love (John 3:16-17) and brought to earth in His own body God’s desire to make a way by which we could draw close to Him and approach His holy throne once again (Hebrews 4:14-16) – the way He intended to be when He created Eden.
We need to be reminded of the profound, awe-inspiring miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ beyond accepting that it happened.
And we need to remember that Jesus, the Messiah, “being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped. But He emptied Himself, taking upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in the form of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8) I LOVE YOU, LORD!
Below, I invite you to take some time with your family, as we take time with ours, to watch this captivating short film entitled, “The Shepherd” from the series, powerful, Scripturally-based series, “The Chosen”. You will find a new reason to worship the Lord today as you remember the manger and the cross.