Posted by: mikenicholsblog | December 25, 2009

meditate, bask, celebrate!

Children around the world are filled with wonder because of this day. Families give presents, presence, and love on this day. Music about this day resonates from churches to malls, and even office buildings. Retailers build their yearly budgets to hinge on this day. Laughter, joy and even tears seem to be magnified on this day. Every year’s journey starts with this day in mind. But have you ever imagined in a larger context, that the journey of all mankind was directed to intersect on this day?

Isaiah prophesied, that “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call his name Immanuel”(Isaiah 7:14b). We celebrate that on this day. Prophecy tells us in the book of Micah that He would be born in a place called Bethlehem. Some simple shepherds had their journey diverted by an angel that told them, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger”(Luke 2:11-12). What must have changed in the shepherd’s journey, because of this day? Some wise men came from the east, when they saw His Star. They came to worship the one who had been born on this day.

Mary and Joseph were chosen by God to parent the Child born on this day. Stop and consider, how a simple journey towards marriage took a divine turn that would affect all mankind. Young Mary would give birth to the Son of God, and Joseph would be obedient to the call of God. And to top it off, they had to journey eighty miles to Bethlehem because of a decree from Caesar Augustus. It fulfilled Scripture that Christ would be born in Bethlehem, and it happened on this day. Imagine how the child born on this day profoundly changed the journey path for Mary and Joseph. Parenting the Son of God, WOW!

Jesus, who was born on this day, lived by His Father’s design and died for all of our sins. History hinged on the events of this day. He had to be born of a virgin. He had to be born in Bethlehem. God’s Word had to be fulfilled, and it was on this day. All who have placed simple faith in Jesus as their Savior have great reason to smile about this day.

December 25th is the day we celebrate Christmas. But reflect today on why we celebrate. Gifts, and toys, and family are special.  But the reason to celebrate is the birth we honor on this day. Centuries ago, Isaiah 9:6 gives us a great picture of who the Baby born on this day really is: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Stop for even a brief moment in the middle of this day, and meditate on the weight of it.  And then bask in the wonder and eternal glow of this day.  The day, that celebrates the day, that changed everything.

Merry Christmas!


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