At Christmastime we remember, and celebrate, the moment the Lord God determined to move sovereignly and intervene with our affairs to reveal His road of salvation. Highly anticipated for thousands of years, and spoken of by prophets of old, suddenly the heavens stirred with action and excitement, as the eternal Son was about to reveal Himself fully to humankind…in a very unexpected form! After waiting so long, perhaps many had lost hope, and certainly were not expecting His arrival at this moment, and in a stable!
But according to the ordinances of God, the appearing of Christ was at the perfect time. Amazingly perhaps, there were a few believing it would be soon, like the old widow and prophetess Anna, and aged, faithful Simeon. God does move in His sovereignty, for He knows our weaknesses. His timing, while not often understandable, is perfect in the context of eternity and love. And, so we too are called to join with Anna and Simeon, and know that with the same heart the Lord will move again, and Christ’s promised return (thousands of years ago), will come to pass. So we watch, by the strength of the Holy Spirit, for the watchmen say, “soon, and very soon, there will be a war and a wedding feast”.
Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
“As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, to perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father Abraham:
To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”