On Christmas Day as we contemplate the Nativity scene and the birth of Jesus Christ, many of us understand why he came to earth but many of us do not fully appreciate that He had to leave His Fathers presence, where He had been to come where we are on earth.
He came as a babe born in a manger to ultimately give His life as a sacrificial lamb for all of mankind’s sins on a cross, only to rise again three days later having conquered sin and death itself.
Those of us who like to do strategy planning could never come up with the love, sacrifice mercy, submission, forgiveness, grace, teaching, obedience, power, and modelling that He exhibited for us.
Besides the birth of the Savior of the world, there was quite a group involved in the Nativity scene and the supporting cast so let’s examine their roles in a condensed writing.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a teenage girl engaged to Joseph and is confronted by an angel with the message that by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Most High she would be with child, the Savior of God, and to give Him the name Jesus. Her response “I am the Lord’s servant and may it be as you have said.” What faith to accept and believe. May we have the same.
Joseph, a carpenter by trade, is having to deal with his fiancée being pregnant, although they have had no intimacy, so an angel comes to him in a dream to let him know that the child Mary is carrying is conceived of the Holy Spirit and the child’s name is to be Jesus because He will save His people from their sins. His faith had to be stretched. There would be no confusion with Mary and Joseph on the name of the Child.
What about Elizabeth, who was Mary’s relative, who when they met was full of the Holy Spirit and upon greeting Mary spoke prophetically about Mary being the Mother of the Lord. What a confirmation to Mary, who no doubt needed it.
Can you envision being one of the Shepherd’s in the field that night caring for the sheep, when all of a sudden you get this message of “don’t be afraid”, similar to both Mary and Joseph from an angel of the Lord sharing “of good news of great joy for all the people of the birth of Christ the Lord.” What a powerful statement, and they didn’t have a theology discussion, but for them it was an action item in going to Bethlehem, which means “Bread of Life”, and finding Jesus in a manger with Mary and Joseph. Their second action item was spreading the word about the Child and thus becoming the first evangelists in sharing the Good News.
The Christmas story does not seem complete without mentioning the 3 Wise Men from the east with their gifts. What is sadly missed is that they really came to worship Him which they did. This Christmas is it not time for us to also truly worship Him.
— John Grady, Fort St. John
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