It is Christmas weekend, and many are no doubt enjoying time off to celebrate with family and friends. Before we throw out all the paper and boxes, store away the decorations, and refrigerate the leftovers, let’s take one last look at the Christmas story itself. It’s a story that often gets lost in the midst of all the trappings that go with Christmas in the 21st century.
The story itself seems hard to believe, not just what God did but how He did it. God chose to come down into his own creation, not as a conquering king brandishing a flaming sword, but rather as a helpless infant, born in a stable to a virgin. His birth was announced not with a blast from heaven, but through shepherds visited in their fields by an angel, and by wise men guided by a star.