By now we are so familiar with the Christmas story that at times we may take it for granted. We hear the story, we sing the songs, we pray together, and we are filled with joy and excitement! As well we should be! The joy, the anticipation that we feel is all brought on by the most wondrous gift. Sometimes we lose that wonder.
The wonder that our God humbled Himself and became man for our sake.
The wonder that He came to us as a tiny baby, born of the Virgin Mary in a stable.
The wonder that this tiny little babe would be the Savior for all of us. Would wipe away sin and death. Would lead us to eternal life.
We should be filled with wonder and awe of this miracle! We have heard the story countless times. Each time we hear it, each time we read it, each time we raise our voices in songs of praise for the Son of God born in Bethlehem, let us pray that our hearts become like that of a child. Fully open to the wonder of this glorious day!
Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, the kings, they had been told that something wonderful was going to happen. The believed fully and without reservation. And when the precious Baby Jesus was born, there was great rejoicing!
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased.” (Luke 2:13-14)
When the angel appeared to the shepherds in the field that night, they went straight to Bethlehem, filled with the wonder of what they had been told. They went to the Christ Child and after seeing Him lying in the manger, “the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” (Luke 2:20)
And when the kings saw the star in the sky, “they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:10-11) They were filled with the wonder of it all. They knew this was the Lord and didn’t think twice before bowing down in worship to the tiny Christ Child.
We may know the story well, but that should only give us more reason to rejoice! For we know that this baby born so long ago has saved us from sin and death. We know the immense mercy and love of God that was shown to us through Jesus Christ. As we approach this wonderful day, I pray that along with the excitement, the joy, the hope, and the peace of Christmas, our hearts may be opened anew to the wonder of it all. The wonder of Christmas.