Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise (Matt 1:18). On this time every year we are reminded of the Christmas story of the birth of our Lord, how that the creator becomes part of His creation. The humble story of how the Holy Spirit comes upon a little virgin Hebrew girl called Mary. Now Mary was about to be married unto a young Hebrew man by the name of Joseph. Oh how heart-broken he was when he found out that his espoused to be wife was already with child.
Joseph was just a man, and loving her so he would not make a public example of her. So he was minded to put her away privily. The custom of that time and place was to stone a person to death for such a crime as that. As Joseph thought on these things, behold, the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream saying, “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary as thy wife. For that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. For she shall bring forth a son and thou shall call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. This shall be done to fulfill all the prophecies that have been spoken by the Lord through His prophets.” Isaiah said, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted God with us.”
So Joseph awoke and rose up from his sleep and did as the Angel of the Lord had bidden him. He took Mary as his wife and he knew her not until Mary had brought forth her firstborn son and called his name Jesus. Now when our Lord was born in Bethlehem, Judea, it was in the days of Herod the Great. Then many wise men came from the east following his star to see this child that was born King of the Jews. Micah had also given the prophecy saying, “Thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, though thou art small, yet out of thee shall come a Governor that shall rule my people Israel.”
Beloved, the story never gets old. The humility that is felt is as fresh as it was the first day it was spoken years ago. Oh how I love to hear the story, the theme of all His Glory. The old, old story of how our Savior came from Glory to save a wretch like me. Oh how it makes me love Him more! How He became us! It behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren. The Lord of Glory robed Himself in flesh and became a part of His creation, so He could redeem it even unto Himself; that we could live through all of eternity to share in His eternal glory. What is man that thou art so mindful of him that thou would crown him with thy glory and set him over all the works of thy hands? Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, and neither has it entered into the hearts of those whom love Him. Yet, by His spirit He has promised to reveal unto us all those things that He has prepared for us before the foundations of this world.
Only time can tell the glories that awaits those to whom he has chosen to be a part of His eternal plan. Let this Christmas be a time to rejoice and reflect on all His love and gifts that He has loaded us down with. May this season find you full of thankfulness, rejoicing in His abundance!
Pastor Steve Logan