The Savior's Birth

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 It is a very Merry Christmas:

 

Since early childhood for me, Christmas has been a truly “magical” season. One does grow out of the excitement of opening presents, maturing in time to where it becomes more about friends, family, warm remembrances, and just joy in the season. And even then it becomes all the more “magical.” I no longer mind the crowds, the constant repetition of the same songs, not even the intense commercialization.  This is Christmas, and I take great pleasure in all that it means. Even if those rushing around for that last minute gift harried and confused, and the children waiting to visit some man in red velvet have only the vaguest idea of what Christmas truly is.  Still in this all I see God’s grace being offered, in ways that seem mysterious to us, to all world. Every one given the opportunity of salvation, the one true hope for this harried and confused world.

The angel’s words, the ancient songs and prophesies preserved in our sacred texts are in truth recounting not just an enjoyable story of a child’s birth, but the universal reality of divine grace. Before the foundations of the world were laid, before creation was, this night of the Savior’s birth was decreed.  The mystery that is God was revealed in all its wonder by the very enfleshment of God Almighty, now as a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths. The incarnation became real.  A child not born of the will of man, but by the will of God conceived by the Holy Spirit.

As the archangel has proclaimed this child “will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there will be no end” (Lk. 1:32-33).  What an awesome proclamation, then we learn that He will be called holy, the Son of God, and is to be God’s “Salvation, which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel”  (Lk. 2:30-32). 

We all can be caught up in the pageantry, the beauty, wonder, and warmth of this holiday, this seemingly magical season and that is great.  Yet let us never allow the true magnitude and astonishment of what happened so long ago in a village in Judea ever escape our heart and mind.  Beyond mortal reasoning, beyond all senses, beyond all imaginable hope, the Creator deemed this frail, corrupt, and plague-ridden world worthy of notice.  Then in His wisdom what He deemed necessary to rectify humanity's fall from grace, to alter our fascination with disobedience, iniquity, and depravity, He did something that still takes away our breath. He came as a baby, “to not judge the world but to save the world” (Jn. 12:47).

Our Lord proclaimed, “before Abraham was, I AM”  (Jn. 8:58), and some took up stones to destroy He who is the giver of life. Those who fail to grasp the wonder, and mystery that is Jesus will continue to try to diminish or destroy what is God’s purpose. A purpose that is seen in the incredible acts that encompass our celebration of this momentous birth, the salvation that is available to all who will believe. So let us join in all that this season brings, and embrace all that it means, for you, I and our world.

                            In the words of Tiny Tim of Dickens fame, “God bless us everyone”

 

 

                                                  Thomas R. Wyatt



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