Indeed there is a lot to wonder about when it comes to Christmas. Martin Luther got it right when he said, “The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that He sank Himself into our flesh is beyond all human understanding.” Here’s the plea of Luke’s account of the Christmas story:
Don’t lose the wonder of Christmas!
Let’s begin in verse 19 and 20, then work our way back to the beginning of this passage. Mary treasured up (or pondered) all of these things and meditated upon them. Before her, the shepherds treasured these things. There was wonder. Before them, Elizabeth had wondered at her own baby “leaping inside of her” at the mere presence of Mary. Luke said about that greeting, “The Holy Spirit filled her prompting her to say, ‘How could this be that the mother of my LORD should come to me.’” Before Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary had already begun their amazement, their wonder, at the words from the angels announcing Jesus’ arrival. Luke’s account helps us to not lose the wonder of Christmas. Several things related to Jesus’ coming should stir up in us wonder.
Don’t lose the wonder of the Past Event
• Jesus’ birth was a prophesied event. All of the Old Testament prophets in one way or the other prophesied of the Messiah. Micah, as recorded in Micah 5:2, prophesied that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem. But Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth, in the region of Galilee. No problem. All the house of David had to go to Bethlehem.
• Jesus’ birth was a planned event. God is in every detail. There are no eternal coincidences.
• Jesus’ birth was a purposed event. Most of all, the birth had purpose. Jesus was born to be our Savior.
Don’t lose the wonder of the Present Possibilities
• Joy—Christmas is an announcement of joy. But why? Because of the second possibility.
• Salvation—Salvation is the cause for joy.
• Peace—Salvation brings the peace—peace with God and peace with others.
Don’t lose the wonder of the Potential for the Future
If God can come as He did, accomplishing what He did, what else can He do?
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.