“Christmas – An Amazing Event”
I chuckled as I read the words of the newspaper columnists: "Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall. We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space.
It wasn't nearly so hard to attend the first Christmas. Shepherds, unwanted at any synagogue or Temple service, were welcome. Persian astrologers, condemned as pagans by Jewish tradition, were led miraculously to worship the infant Christ. If they were wanted, we are wanted. If they could come to Jesus, we can come to him. For he has already come to us.”
With that in mind, I’d like to share a favorite Christmas meditation. It comes from the pen of C. S. Lewis:
"Did you ever think, when you were a child, what fun it would be if your toys could come to life? Well suppose you could really have brought them to life. Imagine turning a tin soldier into a real little man. It would involve turning the tin into flesh. And suppose the tin soldier did not like it. He is not interested in flesh: all he sees is that the tin is being spoilt. He thinks you are killing him. He will do everything he can to prevent you. He will not be made into a man if he can help it.
What you would have done about that tin soldier I do not know. But what God did about us was this. The Second Person in God, the Son, became human Himself: was born into the world as an actual man-a real man of a particular height, with hair of a particular color, speaking a particular language, weighing so many pounds. The Eternal Being, who knows everything and who created the whole universe, became not only a man but (before that) a baby, and before that a fetus inside a woman's body. If you want to get the hang of it, think how you would like to become a slug or a crab."
He became one of us that we might be one with him: "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). You are invited to join the saints of the ages and the angels of all eternity in the celestial celebration of grace. In these hectic last days before Christmas, what will you do to worship the Baby of Bethlehem?
Think about it, just like Me, Jesus was a baby held in His mother’s arms. Just like me, Jesus, was fed by His mother. Just like me, Jesus grew up and went through the same trials and disappointments of life we go through. Amazing isn’t – God was just like me and you!
You are loved and wanted by the Christ of Christmas. His manger is as close as your knees.