Christmas is one of the most special times of the year. There is such an excitement and joy that comes with the holiday season. From family gatherings, to gift giving, to the lights, music, and food, there is just something special about Christmas time. But, the most important part of Christmas is the celebration of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where most people are so used to hearing about Jesus, especially during the Christmas season, they miss and forget the true wonder of Jesus’ coming. For many people, they know that Jesus was born of virgin and placed in a manger. They know about the shepherds, the wise men, the angels, and the bright star, but how many truly stop and grasp the incredible message in the manger? As you think about Christmas this year, I encourage you to look into the manger and see and hear the true message of Christmas; a message of majesty, mystery, and miracle. As you look into the face of the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, you see more than a baby, you behold the Savior of the world!
When you look into the manger, one of the first things you see is the majesty of Jesus. John 1:1-4,14 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men…and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” As you look into the manger, stand back and marvel at the majesty of the babe laid in it, and hear the message from the manger. The message is, in the beginning, when the heavens and earth were not created, where there was nothing but God, the Word existed, the Word was there, and this Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. The first message from the manger is that there is majesty in the manger, because God took on flesh and dwelt among us.
There is a second message in the manger and it is a message of mystery. Anytime you get close to the majesty of God, you will quickly be met with the mystery of God. As John 1 said, “The Word was God.” Jesus was fully man, but also fully God. This is a mystery the human mind cannot fully understand, but one that must be embraced by faith. The babe wrapped in the manger cried, laughed, got hungry, tired, etc., but He was also fully God. There is such majesty in the manger, but also such mystery. But, it is not a mystery that should lead to frustration or confusion, but rather to worship. When the mystery of God is embraced by faith, the majesty of God consumes our heart.
The final message we hear from the manger is one of miracle. Jesus’ coming was a miracle, for He was born of a virgin. He was miraculously given to Mary. He was the fulfillment of prophecy at just the right time. His birth truly was a miracle. Jesus’ life was a miracle. He performed many miracles while walking on earth. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, raised the dead and never sinned! Jesus’ death was a miracle. At any point, He could have stopped it all, but He willingly laid down His life as the sacrifice for sin.
But, Jesus, the One born in the manger, the One with all the majesty, and all the mystery, and all the glory, did not stay dead. Rather, Jesus conquered sin, death, and hell, and rose again, making His resurrection the greatest miracle of all! There is majesty, mystery, and miracle all wrapped up in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Do not miss the message in the manger this Christmas.