Out of Stable
The joy, peace, hope and love of Christmas is without doubt focused on the birth of a baby, and rightly so. However, if we don’t allow our thoughts to move beyond the stable it is likely we will miss the significance of Christmas. True enough, a birth in itself is worth celebrating but the birth of Jesus is no ordinary birth.
6 For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!
Christmas is rooted in the ancient promises of God. In the passage above we see the promise of the one who will come. Through him peace and justice will reign forever. All this will occur because God is committed to it. As we celebrate Christmas we celebrate a visible component of God’s plan to save. It would be easy to look at the world in which we live and wonder if God cares. The story of Christmas coupled with Easter viewed with a biblical perspective overwhelmingly tells us God cares. He cares so much he came as baby, surrendered his life on the cross, and conquered the power of sin and death and lives for evermore. Because he lives we too can live. The birth narrative is an essential part of the story. This Christmas, take a step back from the stable, and allow the whole story to amplify the meaning of Christmas.