A Christmas miracle?! Yes, most assuredly. But it may not be what you think. It is not one of those stories of someone visited by an angel at Christmas like the true story of a little boy who was lost one cold winter afternoon and an all out search from neighbors to police yield nothing. The boy had wandered away from a frazzled mom out Christmas shopping and had taken a subway, yet was mysteriously lead back home by a nice stranger, who could never be found to thank. No, the Christmas miracle I am talking about is not like one of those stories, but yet similar.
The Christmas miracle I am referring to is also not one of those miraculous circumstances where the timing is so perfect it has to be divinely orchestrated like that coincidental meeting or phone call or encounter that met your need just at the right time. No, the Christmas miracle is not like that, but yet similar.
The Christmas miracle I am bringing up is not a miraculous healing or unsolicited gift given anonymously that meets your exact need. Like many years ago when Kristi and I were a poor young family (yet we did not really notice it that much), but there was one time we had paid all our bills and had nothing left to feed our family. We did not tell anyone, just prayed. The next day I went to my office and found five bags of groceries! And it was not just the essentials, but stuff we would never buy, even brand names and treats for the kids. I am still blown away and brought to tears over that story. But the Christmas miracle is not like that, but yet similar.
The Christmas miracle I am referring to happened one night long ago. You know the story…
Luke 2:1-7 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Jesus, the Christ, Messiah was BORN! Yes, there was an angelic intervention (read Luke 1:26-38 and Matthew 1:18-25). The circumstances were NO coincidence as Jesus’ birth fulfilled all the prophecies told of Messiah. A quick read of any of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) will reveal countless healings and moments where meals were miraculously provided. But the real Christmas miracle is that Jesus…
Philippians 2:6-7 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
…is that Jesus squeezed Himself into the tininess of a person. Jesus, who is the Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus who is Creator God…
Colossians 1:15-17 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
JESUS, our Lord God Almighty, limited Himself to the confines of a human. It would be like us shrinking down to the size and limitations of a goldfish. Where we once could be free to move around now held to a small bowl of water. Where we once could communicate and express and explore, we are bound to limitation of our form. Where we once could run and jump and create with our hands, we now can just swim. Jesus, who knew no bounds, made Himself human. Sure, He was and still is fully God, but that He would choose to become one of us…that’s miraculous.
That to me is the Christmas miracle. Let that soak in. If you want a little more to blow your mind read Hebrews 4:14-16. But take a moment and be amazed at what Jesus did for us.
Philippians 2:8-11 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Take a moment this Christmas and adore Jesus…worship Him, yes with song and reading of the Bible, but also with immediate obedience, constant praise, and a life lived His way.
Enjoy your Christmas miracle this year…Merry Christmas!
Embracing the Miracle of Christmas with you,
P.S. If you are near Cypress Church, please join us Christmas Eve, December 24th at one of our two services at 4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. Also, we have a wonderful Christmas Day service planned for you at 10 a.m. This only happens every seven years (that we can celebrate Christmas on a Sunday), so do join us if you can. I would love to see you.