- Creator of the universe born as a human child?
John 1:3 Through Him All things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.
A full term pregnant virgin riding a donkey for 60 miles and then having her child in a manger?
Spirit inspired proclamations by Simeon and Anna?
Numerous Angelic visitations and singing?
The many prophesies fulfilled?
A special star for direction and gifts of provision?
A word of warning prompting an escape to Egypt?
God enters earth in a disgraceful location, and by grace calls all peoples to love and grow like Him to maturity, realizing all the provision they need is in Him!
RECALL YOUR OWN MIRACLE!
Matthew 1:24; Matthew 2:2; Luke 1:38; Luke 2:16-17
When we think of Christmas or Christmas Day there is a call to give a response to that which this day brings to us. One of the beautiful truths of Christianity is regardless of what realm you are in, there is continually a call to respond.
When you read God’s Word, you are challenged to respond to it. We cannot read it without having a response. It is not a book that is apathetically read. It calls for engagement and reaction.
The Holy Spirit God comes to convict humanity of sin, righteousness, and judgement. The Holy Spirit calls for a response in our lives.
Christmas is a special time of the year where the whole world stops long enough to think of Christ. Now they may be busy and they may not understand the depth of Christ like we do, but there is a call for a response during the Christmas Season. The challenge of Christmas today is for us to respond to the message.
We see four responses in the Christmas Story.
a. Acceptance: Mary responded to the angel by saying “May everything you have said about me come true” (Luke 1:38)
b. Obedience: Joseph did as the angel commanded and took Mary as his wife (Matthew 1:24)
c. Enthusiasm: The shepherds excitedly shared the news of the savior (Luke 2:16-17).
d. Commitment: The wise men followed the star and sought the newborn king (Matthew 2:2)
The question becomes “How will we respond to Jesus?”
1 John 1:5-2:11 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him. (NIV)