I can’t even hide it. I am so excited for this holiday season! I love the lights and the smiles and the laughter…and the food…! There is so much to be filled with joy about!
“For unto us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
WOW! God literally interrupted the darkening history of mankind and sent Jesus Christ here among us! And not only did He send Jesus, but He sent Him here under the most humble of circumstances. As my friend Nick Clark asked us on Sunday, “Do you ever wonder why God would send His Son to be born in a manger???”
Let’s break this down – a manger isn’t really the cute scene we see on little kid’s shows – there’s pooh on the ground…it’s smelly. There’s hay in there for the baby to lay on, sure, but it’s not the soft stuff, it’s bristly and uncomfortable…that’s why Mary had to wrap Jesus in swaddling clothes – it’s a tough spot. And cold. Super cold. Kinda like outside is right now. Are you seeing the full picture?
That manger is JUST LIKE US. We are dirty and stinky and rough around the edges, and yet God sees fit to send Jesus to us just as we are, to take the government of our sins on His own shoulders! All the punishment we have earned, all the judgement, all the wrath- it’s upon Jesus’ shoulders.
God sent Jesus to a place like that because through His experience, He would literally fill all things- the entire human experience…right down to the not-so-nice stuff. Your stuff. My stuff.
God is so good, isn’t He? Man! I just can’t get over it! I am so thankful!
Thank God that He loves us through our stuff, and loves us enough to not leave us there.
You are loved! So much! Remember that this holiday season, and when you see others around you struggling this time of year, give them a hug and let them know they are loved too.