This greeting is used around this time of year to send good wishes to others. It has become synonymous with thoughts of presents, Santa, snow, shopping, and cookies (among other things). But at the core of the words, or course, is the “reason for the season”.
As Christians, we are celebrating the literal birth of Jesus Christ, who became man to serve as a perfect sacrifice in our place through His life, death, and resurrection. God requires us to live sinless lives in order to enter into Heaven, but on our own we fall woefully short of this. Through Jesus, we too may enter the kingdom of Heaven! Of course this is the root of Christianity, and something that I could go on and on about, but that is not the subject of this particular blog post.
In this post I want to take a time out to pause and reflect upon the pure beauty, and sheer humanity, of the birth of Jesus.
Luke 2:6-7 tells us: “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.”
Stop and think about that for a moment. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was a helpless baby who was born in a manger.
Do you have children, or are you close with someone who has children? Do you know what preparations and deliveries are like in today’s world? From birthing classes, to baby showers, to reading through book after book thinking about what name to give the child, to birthing plans, to constant checkups leading up to the anticipated due date, to finding ways to induce labor, to checking insurance cards and getting wristbands at the entrance to the hospital, to immediately testing the newborn for countless conditions, poking and prodding the poor infant, etc., etc., etc.
I wonder what Mary’s birthing experience was like?
Jesus, Mary’s firstborn, was born outside in a manger. Certainly there were countless remarkable miracles associated with this birth (again, that is not what I’m trying to get into further in this particular post), but at the most basic level the birth of Jesus Christ was an event that by today’s standards would be unheard of. Do you think Mary’ immediately went to her phone to snap a selfie and send out an update on the birth? Did she complain about the conditions associated with the pregnancy and delivery? No, of course not. But isn’t it humbling to think about how such an extraordinary event took place in such a basic state?
Thank you, Lord, for the miracle of our Savior’s birth! We celebrate Jesus’ birth every year on December 25th, but every day of the year truly is a reason to greet others with tidings of comfort and joy!
Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere; go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born!
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
All praise, glory, and honor be to our savior Jesus Christ at all times and in all places!
Shane Hansen, Christian Life Coach, LLC