For to us a child is born, to us a child is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
I can only imagine, what it must have been like, the evening of the birth of Christ. As Mary and Joseph settled in the stables, and the Shepherds sat under the glistening stars of the evening sky. Oh how the stars must have danced in rejoice as Christ was born and gently laid in a manger. How beautiful it must have been as the angel of the Lord appeared to the Shepherds carrying to them the good news. I wonder how fast the Shepherds must of ran under the stars that appeared to be dancing in rejoice, as if the night sky had known the news to be true. As they followed the stars and reached the stables to find baby Jesus lying in a manger. I can only imagine the awe and love that filled their hearts as they fell to their knees in praise and rejoice.
God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to be born humbly into this world for us. Living in a secular world surrounded by noise, it can be difficult to place yourself in a time 2,000 years ago. But despite the noise, the truth of the birth of Jesus is still thriving 2,000 years later. You are so loved. The birth of Jesus was to spread love. Jesus wants to set us on fire with his love and compassion, so that we may spread his passionate love to our loved ones, neighbors, and to all those we encounter. Jesus Christ loves you so much that he came to heal you of your sins and wounds. He wants to set us free from the sin and hurt of the world. You are more than your sins. You are more than who the world labels you to be. Through God you are given a new name; you are a Son or Daughter of a King. The Lord delights in you.
This Christmas, close your eyes and journey back in time as you reflect on the birth of our Lord and Savior. Follow the stars in rejoice, and run as fast as you can under the evening sky. When you reach the stable and find Mary and Joseph along side baby Jesus in a manger, fall to your knees in praise and love. For you are the Shepherd that God is calling near to him.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among these with whom he is pleased! Luke 2:14