God Is In The Details At Christmas. Here we are again in the Christmas season. Each year this season comes around faster than the year before or so it seems. Just as the last dish is washed from the Thanksgiving dinner, a flurry of lights, Christmas music, frantic shopping, and Christmas pageants begin.
It is easy to be caught up in the whirl wind of the season and loose focus on the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas. So right now….
Stop, Breath and Relax….
as we look over the next few weeks at how God is in the details at Christmas. Hopefully, all of us can enjoy Christmas more when He is at the center of this celebration.
Let’s start with the nativity scene.
Most of us have seen a nativity scene. Some are life size. You usually see these outside on someone’s lawn. Then others are small enough to put on a coffee table. My nativity looks like this. In the center is a manger with a baby Jesus. Mary is kneeling down beside Jesus. Joseph stands beside Him on the other side. Surrounding them is a stable sometimes a little wobbly. Shepherds along with their sheep stand on the outside of the stable gazing at the baby. I place the angel, which has large wings, behind the baby Jesus because it is to heavy to sit on top of the stable. Wise men and other animals are place outside the stable too.
No matter how big or small your nativity scene is it conveys the essence of Christmas.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
You hear talk about “peace on earth” at Christmas but love is why we have Christmas.
“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” 1 John 4:9
Love is God’s character and love is what He does. It isn’t packed away and put in the attic when Christmas is over. Love is to be shared with others. For two countries to live in peace with each other, they both have to make an agreement. With love you, make the decision to love someone, not expecting anything in return. We choose to love that unreasonable or cantankerous person with the same kind of love God shows at Christmas and every other day of the year.
Let’s look at Christmas from a heavenly perspective…..
Angels. The announcement of Jesus birth is proclaimed by one angel to the shepherds. Were the shepherds afraid? They are terrified but the angel comforts them.
“And behold, “an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were greatly afraid.” Luke 2:9
I don’t think the other angels could help themselves because they were so full of joy with the Messiah’s birth.
“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, goodwill toward men.” Luke 2:13
How amazing it would have been to hear all of the angelic hosts joyously celebrating Jesus birth. I don’t think they would softly be singing praises. I think it would be loud maybe ear-splitting volume of joyful hallelujahs to the King.
As you walk past the nativity, stop and reflect on Jesus, the Son of God, who left a perfect place, heaven, to come down to this dirty, sinful world. He was born in the lowliest place. Surrounded by not the upper crust of society (except for the wise men who came two years later) but surrounded by the lowly of society.
As you look at the nativity, put yourself in it because God did this for you and for me. The nativity is the premier Christmas decoration. It stands for when God intervened to give us His Son, our Savior, Jesus. His birth was the start of the celebration.
As we look at the details, next time we will take a glimpse at Mary and Joseph.