On this final day of Advent, when Christmas is almost here, perhaps take some time to reflect on what the season is really celebrating – the birth of God as a human child, vulnerable and weak
– An expression of His tender love and care for us, the desire to draw us close to him across an un-passable devide, and the incredible humility that the Creator would become as one of his creations.
Pretty mind-boggling stuff.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
The gospel of Luke focuses on the birth of Jesus and the visitation of the Angels to a bunch of social lowlifes – the shepherds – to proclaim the news that today a saviour is born to you, and that he is the long-promised rescuer of their people.
There is something wonderfully encouraging about the way God sends his angels to ordinary, utterly un-special folk, with news of eternal significance.
He is the God who sees us, wherever we are, and values us enough to send his Son – making sure that those who would be last at the table, are the first at the feast.
Why not take ten minutes or so, to sit with your spouse and/or your children and read Luke chapter 2 verses 1-21, and then talk about it together.
Because this whole season has been building up to the promised arrival of Jesus.
Jesus who loves you, yes you – whether you like him, love him or loathe him, He came to bring you freedom, hope and life.
Sit with this challenging, beautiful and downright bizarre reality, and ask God to speak to your heart about how much you matter to him. God doesn’t often shout, but he very often whispers, and he will whisper to you if you invite him into your heart to speak.
I wish you peace and joy this Christmas.
May you and your families be richly blessed with deep peace, regardless of your circumstances, and the heart-knowledge that you are loved and treasured beyond measure.
May you come to believe and trust that there is a God in heaven who came to be one like you, who later gave his life to save yours, and who offers you freedom because you are precious in his sight.
And may you find your true connection to the one who made you, and in response – deepen your connection through love and service, to those around you.
With love for a very connected, beautiful and merry Christmas,