One of the most amazing things about the Christmas story is how everyday people are invited in to share the special occasion.
So few were even aware of the Messiah’s arrival or had paid attention to the signs along the way.
A privileged few were insiders and participants in the greatest story ever told ~ God come to earth to take on our full humanity.
These bystanders may have felt the weight of glory surrounding them as angels sang and heaven rejoiced.
Been overwhelmed by it all.
Yet even they were strangers to the full implication of the Incarnation.
How Jesus would become sin for us on the cross.
Give His life as a ransom for many.
Die the death we deserved that we may inherit His eternal life to come.
This year, as we read the familiar Bible passages, see a school nativity perhaps or watch a film on it, let’s try to see it as though for the very first time.
Allow ourselves to be awed.
Awaken to wonder.
Feel the weight of glory.
Divine conception orchestrated in the holding-space
of a virgin’s womb cum meeting-place twixt
heaven and earth ~ signalling our Saviour’s birth
Mystery deep, sublime, beats beneath
the rhythm of time, now seeping inexorably
between all that was, is now and will be
So human days and ways shift into line
with plans of aeons past colliding as history,
present, and future now subsiding as one
to meet and greet Christ-child ~ Mary’s son
How can this be?
An infant meek and warm, just barely born,
should bear the weight of glory now
and see it cast aside
for a crown of thorns, somehow
No inkling yet as befuddled shepherds
struggle into stable bleak, forlorn,
with countenance of joy and
hope spread on their faces,
jostle reverently around for front-row
seat of places in this Nativity
where grace and angels meet
on Holy ground
And wise men travelled from afar
guided by a bright and beckoning star
to see the One prophets had foretold
and bring Him gifts ~ myrrh, frankincense and gold
Here, cradled in a cattle stall
lay a babe ~ the King and Lord of all
providing reason for us to celebrate
the birth of our Saviour Incarnate