Here at Christmastime, it’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of shopping, baking, & going to parties that we quickly forget why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. Our lives tend to not resemble the stillness of Silent Night or the peace of Away in a Manger.
But I think that if we will be intentional to think about who Jesus is and why He came, we can have the peace and contentment our souls crave, even in the midst of slammed schedules.
In the Christmas story, God enters the world in the form of a tiny baby.
By being born to a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit & no earthly father being part of His conception, Jesus is called the Son of God. He is born as a real, actual person, fully man… and yet also fully God. The angel Gabriel tells Mary in Luke 1:35:
The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore, the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.
This baby Jesus who is born to Mary is the “holy one.” Jesus is God with skin on. God Himself entered our fallen world.
He didn’t have to. He was perfectly worshipped and adored in heaven before He came to earth as a man. There He received all the honor and praise He is due. He could have just minded His own business and stayed put. But He didn’t. He entered our world, eventually to endure the agony of dying on a cross to bring us back to Himself.
He didn’t just enter “the world,” but He wants to enter YOUR world as well. Your world that is messy and chaotic and filled with distractions and impatience. God wants to enter into that place.
Why? Why does He want to enter your world?
Because He loves you.
He doesn’t have to come, but He chooses to. He wants to love you, even in your mess.
He wants to know you, even when you are most unlovely and unpleasant.
He wants to help you in your chaos and provide the peace of His presence.
He sees you in your mess and doesn’t condemn. Rather, He offers Himself as help.
Back in the Old Testament, God saw the Israelites in their mess, slavery to the Egyptians. And He didn’t leave them there. He came down for them. Listen to His heart in Exodus 3:7-9. And this is His heart for you, too.
Then the LORD said, “I have observed the misery of My people in Egypt, and have heard them crying out because of their oppressors, and I know about their sufferings. I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and to bring them from that land to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey… The Israelites’ cry for help has come to Me, and I have also seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.
The Israelites are in misery. They are suffering bitterly under the oppression of the Egyptians, and so they cry out to God. Can you imagine them weeping and begging God to come and rescue them from the heavy burden of slavery?
I love the heart of God in this. He is not aloof or indifferent. He is not unconcerned or unfeeling toward them. No, He sees what they are going through. He knows how badly they are suffering. He hears their cries for help. Mainly, He cares. And He does the same for you. He cares about your situation, your suffering, your chaos, your mess. He is not indifferent toward you. He sees you, He knows…. And He loves.
What does He do for the Israelites? He comes down to rescue them. Through Moses, God enters their world and rescues them from the power of the Egyptians. He leads them to a good land. And ultimately, He came down in the form of Jesus. He entered our world to rescue us from sin, and to lead us to a good place.
Here at Christmas, are you inviting Jesus to enter into your world?
In the rush of this season, He wants to bring the peace of His presence.
In the midst of your hurt or suffering this December, are you crying out to Him? Invite His help into your life. He will hear you and He will care.
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