Oh, Holy Night
Updated: Feb 15
I often wonder what it must have been like on that cosmic night when Jesus entered into this world as the Son of God and the Son of Man. Scripture describes a winter night of desperation and necessity in the search for a place for Mary to give birth, but you also get the sense of quiet peace as God’s providence settled over the event.
In my mind, however, I imagine the heavens opening – just as they did when Jesus was baptized – and the Star of Bethlehem descending in its brilliance to mark the place and authority of the King of kings. I imagine sheltering in a field alone and suddenly feeling the atmosphere shift as a hope that would change the world forever entered our earthly existence. Not being able to articulate the sensation that all was not as it had been an hour earlier. Looking up and seeing a new star that beckoned me to walk into a sacred promise.
I imagine the eternal homing device placed in my heart by God starting to thrum with excitement as I rise to my feet and begin to follow that star to the source of my awakening and my salvation.
Perhaps you’re thinking that I’m taking liberties by inserting myself as an extra character in the Christmas story, but my God exists outside of time and whatever was true on that blessed night is still true on this one. It helps me to know that He is as real and tangible today as He was when He was lying in the manger. Jesus is still the only destination for life everlasting and true freedom.
My prayer this Christmas season is that the Holy Spirit will place an urgency in all our souls to be that star – the guiding light – that leads the lost and the bewildered to Jesus. That we will seek out those crouching in corners and covering their heads. That we will grab hands that reach out for us and become righteous mentors in a chaotic and unrighteous world. But most importantly, that we will humbly display your own brokenness and constant need for a gracious and loving Father. I pray that our lives will be an open invitation to celebrate the glory of God.
May the provisions of the Father, the unlimited opportunities of the Savior, and the power of the Holy Spirit take you to incredible places this coming year!
Merry Christmas my friends!
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Luke 2:15-20 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.