Christmas is the time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, born in a manger so many years ago. We celebrate, not because Jesus was a baby, but because He willingly humbled Himself and came to earth to save us from our sins, by taking every single one of them on His perfect self.
Jesus' birth was filled with many miracles: a virgin birth; an angel announcing the birth and then a choir of angels telling the shepherds in the fields; a census at the right time to lead them to Bethlehem, as foretold; Elizabeth and John knowing the significance, even in the womb; a special star leading wisemen from a faraway place; Joseph's dreams; plus, fulfillment of prophesies made hundreds of years before.
Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
This Christmas, let's try to really think about the birth of Jesus as if we were there, seeing the miracles happening before us. How would we have responded? Would we have been like so many of the people of the day, not realizing the majesty of the babe in the swaddling clothes? Would we have come to worship with the wisemen or shepherds? Would we have prepared a room for Him or pushed Him out to the stable? The people of the day weren't prepared to welcome the King of Kings, Savior of the world, at His birth; but are we ready to welcome Him when He comes again? Let's take time to prepare Him room in our hearts this season.