Advent - Week Four - Christ

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For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6

Babies are born everyday. Lots of them. About 350,000 babies are born each day on this earth. During the time it takes you to read this, more than 500 babies will join the human race. Nothing could have been more natural, even normal, about the birth of a baby boy a couple thousand years ago in the village of Bethlehem to a woman named Mary. Thousands of babies were born that same day in towns all across the globe.

And yet, the birth of Jesus was totally different. This week, more than two thousand years later, we are still celebrating it. This birth would change the course of history.  A king was being born, taking His first earthly breath, but, he wasn’t from this world. This baby Jesus was God Himself. God was coming to be with us! The King of kings and Lord of lords, the God who exists in all places at all times, who has existed in all time, eternity past and future, this God stepped into a specific time in history and to a specific place on this planet. This birth would change everything!

My kids asked me recently which holiday is my favorite. Christmas, of course. It’s not just decorated trees, presents, cold weather, and holiday blend coffee that make it so great. I love those things but that’s not what makes Christmas so special. During this season we celebrate God Himself coming to be with us, taking on flesh and stepping into our reality. Our lives can never be the same knowing that the creator of this universe, our creator, has stepped into a specific moment and place in history to be with us.

What’s so amazing about this story, what God was setting in motion on that day in Bethlehem, is that God is STILL with us! Some of Jesus’ last words on this earth were to reassure the disciples that He is with them, FOREVER. Matthew 28:20b "And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Jesus is with you, always, till the very end! We don’t have to ever be alone. The Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace wants to BE WITH YOU FOREVER! Let Him be what you fix the focus of your celebration and adoration this holiday season! He’s with you! 

Merry Christmas!