Luke 2:8-14 “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 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, good will toward men.”
Lanny Wolfe wrote a song called “Stirred But Not Changed” that contains words I would like to share with you this Christmas morning.
“Have I heard it for so long that He’s just another song?”
“Has the story lost its thrill that I once knew?”
So often, we hear of the story of Christmas, and we become numb to its effect on us. We might be stirred, but is there, or has there ever been, a real change in us because of Christmas?
If you are a saved child of God, there has been a change. Your spirit has been made alive. The Holy Spirit of God has indwelt you, and you have been bought with a price. You are adopted, made to be joint-heirs with the Son of God, and Jesus has gone to prepare a place in Heaven for you.
The promises made by the Father are ours to claim. The forgiveness of sin and the close personal relationship with God has been opened to us. We now have an Advocate with the Father; Jesus Christ the Righteous.
If we are not careful, our minds will be more like our olfactory senses. Once the olfactory nerves sense an input that becomes constant, it blocks that smell and looks for another. That is why when you put on cologne or perfume, and you cannot smell it after a short period.
If there is a constant input to our minds that offers the same information over and over again, we seemingly block it out, saying, “I know this already.” We often push away from a simple truth when God desires us to dig deeper and find the right application for what He wants for us to know.
As you follow your traditions for this Christmas holiday, it may be that you will share gifts with loved ones and family. Think about it. The One whose birth we celebrate, allows us to get gifts when He is deserving of all that we have to offer.
Have we taken His miraculous birth for granted?
Have we grown cold and indifferent to the angel’s visitation and message to the young virgin Mary?
Do we look indifferently at the integrity of Joseph, who spared Mary the shame and consequences of the culture of the day?
May we tune our hearts this Christmas to see the awe and wonder of a Savior who longs to have such close, personal fellowship with us.
May we reopen the gift of prayer that allows us access into the throne room of the Almighty. The fact we can come at all is fantastic. But, that we can come and be received because of holiness and righteousness we do not deserve is humbling.
Then, to be received as royal, as a son or daughter of the King – words cannot express!
2 Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”