Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Did they know? Did the people sleeping in Bethlehem that night know that the baby being born in the stable was their King? Did the people staying in that inn where there was no room know that they were in the vicinity of the Savior?
Chances are none of them knew what was going on that night. The angels proclaimed their message to the shepherds we’re told, but no one else seems to receive this news. The shepherds of course immediately go to see the newborn, but it’s probably safe to assume that there were no other visitors that night. If only they knew. He was right in their midst.
But don’t we miss Him too? Jesus isn’t being born in a manger in our town, but He is evident around us and we sometimes still don’t seem to notice. He’s holding all things together (Colossians 1:17), not letting a single grain of sand fall out of place, and yet we go for sometimes long periods of time without even giving Him a second thought. Maybe the shepherds were chosen to receive the good news because they would listen and respond…
Luke 2:13-14 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 among those with whom he is pleased!”
The angels, the shepherds, the wise men, all thought to do the same thing at the birth of the Savior. They worshipped Him. This is the proper response to being in the presence of God.
Too often we let Christmas blow right by us without a second thought to the significance of the event we are celebrating. This is more than just the birth of a baby, this is God come down to earth for the sake of mankind. He showed up among us as a little baby and yet that baby was so worthy of praise and honor and glory and worship. What must it have been like to be there when God himself entered into time and space? It had to be overwhelming.
Throughout the Bible, it seems that whenever someone encounters God and they’re greatly overwhelmed by that, their natural response is to bow down in worship. It seems that this is the expectation. Glory of God equals worship of man. So this Christmas, slow down and worship. Slow down and embrace the overwhelming notion that God came to us that night in Bethlehem. Put yourself in that scenario and imagine what it must have felt like. And worship Him.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last! The work of Jesus Christ on the cross accomplished what you and I could never achieved for ourselves. Under the Law, we could never reach the expectations of a holy God who requires perfection. The Law is restrictive, Christ is freeing.
Though we had the Law, in being unable to keep it we earned death. Because of our sinful nature, into which we were born, we never stood a chance at anything other than bondage and suffering. But in His love, God made a way for us to know freedom and life. In freeing us from the bondage of the Law, Jesus gave us true life and true freedom.
There is no reason to keep living as though we’re under the restraints of the Law. This is not license to sin, but rather freedom to obey God. True freedom is a life submitted to the lordship of Jesus Christ, and in this freedom there is life, peace, joy, and real fellowship with God. This abundant life is bought and paid for by Christ, our Redeemer, Savior, and friend.