The Miracle of Christmas

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people (Luke 2:10)

Miracles are inherent to Christmas. The appearance of the angel was indeed one such extraordinary event. The angel’s announcement was life changing. It was a resounding message of the beginning of a new type of relationship with God and humans.  However, the most marvelous miracle was the birth of Jesus our Lord, the son whom Isaiah prophesied they shall call Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” (Matt. 1:23). Even today, the power of this wondrous event stirs wonder, awe and excitement. The presence of Jesus Christ, our Lord, has the ability to enter into human relationships and circumstances in ways that surpass human ability and understanding.  Jesus’ birth marked proof of God’s power over rulers, authorities, and powers of this dark world, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms and certainly over our own personal struggles. The miracle of His birth speaks to the lost soul, the lonely, the motherless, the fatherless, the fearful, the sick, the oppressed, the poor, the imprisoned, the hungry and to the bereaved.

     The miracle of Christmas also holds our destiny to grow spiritually.  In this passage, the baby Jesus, the angels and the shepherds affirm that we are not alone, Emmanuel, Our Lord Jesus Christ, is with us and that day by day a spiritual purpose is unfolding in the lives of those who believe. Christmas reminds us of the spiritual gift we have in Christ.  As Hebrew 11:6 says “…whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him”.  When the shepherds heard the angel’s message from God, they believed it and went to seek Jesus.  And the shepherds” … returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them”. (Luke 2:20) Such”… faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ”. (Rom 10:17) Because the shepherds believed, they were blessed with seeing a miracle that was available to all, but, only few individuals sought. What gift, what miracle are you hoping to receive? Faith wrapped in praise would be such a wonderful gift this Christmas. C.G. Trumbull said, “Those who are readiest to trust God and His word without evidence receive the greatest number of evidences of His love”. The Lord of Lords, the King of Kings is available to all who seek Him. May you enter this Christmas season filled with faith as you seek Jesus and may you end this year glorifying and praising God for all things.

 Glory to God in the Highest and Merry Christmas to All!

 Rev. Von Crigler