During all the years from the time I began to understand what it meant to be a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ there have been two periods of each year that have grown ever richer in their meaning for me. They are Christmas and Easter, the beginning of God’s plan to redeem mankind and the culmination of that plan. I would be hard pressed to choose which means the most to me as Easter could not have come without Christmas coming first and Christmas would not have been possible without the overall plan God had for the redemption of mankind through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – including me and you.
How often do you, and even myself, take the time to think about what these two events really mean? We need to meditate on these things from several different perspectives. There is the perspective from God’s viewpoint and what it would mean for Him and His creation. There is the perspective from the world’s reception or lack thereof of God’s own Son coming to interact with and die for God’s created beings. Then there is the more personal perspective about what it all means for each of us.
There are two songs that speak to me very strongly at this season. The first is one written by George Beverly Shea titled, “The Wonder of It All” with the second having been written more recently by Christian comedian and singer Mark Lowry who titled it, “Mary Did You Know?” If you have those songs on a CD or a DVD tonight would be a very good time to listen to them once again. Many different artists have recorded those songs. Another line from a Christmas cantata of several years back has the line in it the “Love came down at Christmas.” That is certainly a true statement and bears some thinking about, doesn’t it?
Mary took it all in and pondered it, from the angel’s appearance in Nazareth until the shepherds came and bowed before the Baby. Have you pondered the wonder of the virgin birth, God with us, and all it means? I hope you have had a “Mary” Christmas, a pondering, wonder-filled Christmas.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, when we think of Your majestic plan, it fills us with wonder!