It's very early this Christmas morning and all is calm. I was just thinking about that first Christmas, so many years ago. I wonder if all of creation came to a halt when the baby Jesus took His first human breath. Or surely, when Divinity entered planet Earth's atmosphere, the ground must have shook? At the sound of His first cry, certainly the trees and the mountains bowed.
Truth be told, as the
radiance of the Father's glory made His grand entrance into our world,
life was going on all around Him. Except for one radiant star, that only
a few would notice, it was business as usual.
was overcrowded with people in town to register for the census. Animals
roamed the streets. In the pre-dawn hours, street vendors were busy
setting up their wares, in hope that the many travelers would spend a
farthing or two. Some were still sleeping, some were getting the jars
ready for their morning trip to the well. The inn was full. Just another
night in Bethlehem. No one even noticed.
noticed that in the town of David a baby had been born. No one heard the
voice that would one day speak to a raging storm and say, "Peace, be
still", let out His first cry. No one noticed. No one cared. Lowly.
Humble. Understated. No fanfare. No trumpets. No earthquakes. But I'll
bet that all of Heaven ROCKED!
I imagine the Father and
all of His angels peering over the banisters of Heaven. Holding their
breath. Waiting for the sound. And when it came, that first cry, there
must have been cheering and shouting and rejoicing at near biblical
proportions. And the proudest Papa ever turned to everyone and said,
"That's My beloved Son. And I am well pleased."
very early this Christmas morning. Children will be waking soon to see
what Santa brought them last night. Families will be getting together
today to celebrate. And for many it will just be another Christmas Day.
Status quo. Business as usual. Much like that first Christmas. I am so
sorry, Lord, for what we have made of this day. So different from that
Christ is not making His grand entrance
into planet Earth this time. But He will make a grand entrance into our
hearts if we will but receive. There will be no trumpets today. No
earthquakes. No moving mountains. But He is here. He is God with us.
Emmanuel. If we will just slow down. Listen. Reflect. He still comes
quietly. He is still meek and humble of heart.
day He will come again. And this time He WILL come with a trumpet blast
and with tens of thousands of angels. He will come as King of Kings and
Lord of Lords. And not only will Heaven be cheering, but all creation
and every knee will bow.
Merry Christmas, dear ones!
God loves you so, so much. He sent His only Son. And the earth stands
still. All of Heaven is rejoicing. A Son is born. A child is given. The
Prince of Peace has come. May His peace be yours today and everyday.