For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
At Christmas time, the world once again pauses by that manger of old, and asks as they look in to the face of the Babe, “What child is this?” And what do we see? For many they see the innocent Child and celebrate new birth, so this is a time of peace and joy. For others, all they observe is merely another child, as another day unfolds, and not before long the happiness does pass. Still some see the lowly stable, with its small family, and wonder how has the world come to this, when a child could be born in a place for animals.
But, taking the time to stop, and pausing just a little longer, as we look again in to the eyes of this Child, do we capture a glimpse of the universe, the glimmer of eternity, and our home? For here in this manger lies Hope, and the author of our future. He is the Seed of God through which all nations will be blessed. And while He would fall to the ground and die to become the Seed for the great harvest to come, so He also rose from the dead to become its first fruits. God will gather all His children back to Him. In due season, His Son, the King of kings, will come again as the Lord of the harvest for the final in gathering into His arms, carrying us home to our Father. For He who begun a good work will complete it.
So let us rejoice, for by government decree we have been called back to our homes in these days of pandemic, and here we find ourselves in the spiritual birthplace of the church, in the ‘stables’, our homes, the latter day upper rooms of prayer. God is birthing a new thing for the final ingathering, not in the old temples, but in houses of prayer. So let this be a Merry Christmas, as we gather with family and friends around Jesus Christ, and not despising the small things, we rejoice at the work of God, and the birth of something new in the kingdom of God as He prepares for His return.
‘who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”’ (Acts 1:11)
From myself and my family, a Merry Christmas to you all. May the Lord’s blessing of peace, joy, and goodwill be made manifest upon you, and the New Year birth new things in you that bring great hope.