Over 2000 years ago, God sent his only begotten son into the world as a baby born in Bethlehem. Usually one would think there was nothing unusual about a baby being born, but this birth was special, very special indeed. Anticipation grew as stories spread all through the world that Jesus was coming and would change the power structure. Powerful kings from distant lands who desired to witness this majestic birth, traveled for days to welcome this new king of kings. God had called on them and provided a sign, the star of David, to direct them so they could bare witness to this event.
They were surprised to find a baby that lay in humble surroundings. Jesus wasn’t surrounded by luxury or splendor. His mother, Mary, and her husband, Joseph, had traveled a very difficult three days to reach Bethlehem. They were mandated to complete a census in the city in which Joseph was born. The city was crowded for the census and no suitable housing was available for the couple. They were offered lodging in a barn. They shared the accommodations with the livestock. Here, in the humble suroundings, was where the kings welcomed the new baby into the world.
The world was filled with turmoil. Many thought that God would send a new king to free them from the Romans. Nothing was further from the truth. Jesus actually came to create more turmoil than there already was. But on this night of his birth, Jesus was surrounded with peace and love.
God appeared to Mary and told her she would have a child who would be the Son of God. Joseph, her boyfriend, also received a message from God to accept Mary’s pregnancy and take her as his wife. Just think what Joseph was going through. Talk about someone who had faith.
This birth happened so God could get us back on track to live our lives in the way God wanted. But that would come later. At the time of his birth, it was just a baby, his parents and a few witnesses. God had delivered what had been written and taught by the prophets. His Son had entered the world and would begin the journey to fulfill what God had promised.
Look, we all know the story. It does not matter if you are a Christian or something else. This is a special time of the year for everyone, no matter what faith, or lack of faith, you have. Humanity takes a mental break from the problems we all endure. They will still be with us next week. So for a few days let’s all take a deep breath and just enjoy the season.
With that said, MERRY CHRISMAS TO ALL OF YOU.