Thursday, December 24, 2015 Read Luke 2:6-7.
TEXT: And she gave birth to her firstborn Son .... (Luke 2:7a).
Christmas Eve. I can't hear those words without being filled with a childhood wonder and thrill. Tonight is always a magical time with all the dazzling lights, the brisk air, and the joyous music in church. What a night to sit around the tree with family and recall fond memories of Christmases past.
But my Christmas Eve experiences pale in comparison to what Mary and Joseph experienced that first Christmas night. Mary gave birth to her firstborn Son, and together with Joseph she looked into the eyes of God. She stroked His baby-soft skin, and felt His tiny fingers wrap around her finger. Wonder of wonders, indeed.
Over the centuries since that first Christmas we have layered many traditions, decorations and activities onto the fabric of our celebrations, but underlying it all remains the one thing that truly transforms our Christmas celebration: that tiny newborn Baby.
This is the mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. On His shoulders rests the government of the entire creation. Yet He comes to us in a familiar form, a Baby, One who drives away our fears and melts our hearts of stone. Whatever fears weigh on your heart this night, be sure to stop and look upon this precious Child, take Him in your arms, and wonder at the God who came to save you and drive away your fears.
THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You for becoming one of us. By Your birth, life, death and resurrection, You have won eternal life for each of us. Drive away from my heart all fears and concerns, and fill me with Your heavenly peace. Amen.