The Wonder of Christmas
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.
Jesus Christ was born in the meanest of circumstances, but the air above was filled with the hallelujahs of the heavenly hosts.
His lodging was a cattle pen, but a star drew distinguished visitants from afar to pay Him homage.
His birth was contrary to the laws of life. His death was contrary to the laws of death.
He had no wheat fields or fisheries, but he could feed 5000 people and have bread and fish to spare.
He walked on no beautiful carpets, but He walked on water.
Yet no miracle He performed is so wonderful or inexplicable as His love for you and me.
Jesus renounced His citizenship in Heaven, and though He was rich, for our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might become rich. Jesus not only had to come down amongst us, but He had to be one of us! He had to become a member of the human community.
He came as a meek and quiet, weak and helpless baby. He not only adapted Himself to our bodily form, but also conformed to the human ways of life. He was human. He got tired. He got hungry. He got weary. He was subject to all these things, even as we are, yet without sin, that He might have compassion upon us, know how we feel, know when we’re footsore and weary, know when we’ve had enough.
God sent Jesus to become a human being in order that He might better reach us with His love, communicate with us on the lowly level of our own human understanding, and have more mercy and patience with us than God Himself. Think of that!
“He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14), having worn that frame Himself, suffering in it, and dying in it for our sakes. He came down here to our level that He might take us with Him back up to His. What a miracle, all for our sakes!
—David Brandt Berg
Prayer for the Day
We thank You, Jesus, that You were born on this earth to live here for us and to die for us. You lived here like us and suffered through all the things that we have to go through, yet You never wavered in faith.
We thank You for the greatest gift of all, Yourself. We thank You for all that went into giving us salvation and eternal life. Amen.
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