Another day to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ and some unsaved souls may not give the birth of Christ a second thought. After all, they have been getting along just fine without him – or so they think! On the other hand, Christians everywhere are celebrating this day because of their salvation and the loosening of their bonds.
The birth of Christ was such a miraculous event and it is a type of birth that will never again occur in history. God sent him to save us from our sins. Each Christian who has experienced a radical change in their lives for the good, has a heart warming story to tell of their experience with the “Prince of Peace”, “Wonderful Counselor”, “Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father,” (Isaiah 9:6,) “Emmanuel,” (Matthew 1:22. 23), “the Alpha and the Omega,” (Revelations 1:8), “the First and the Last,” (Revelations 22:13).
Through Christ, God humbled himself to live and walk among men, (Matthew 1:23), to heal them, (Luke 4:18), (Isaiah 61:1) to teach them righteousness, and to save them from the snares (Matthew 1:21) of the devil. Mary, a mere child of fourteen years old, conceived of the child through the Holy Spirit as a virgin, so that this holy child would not be conceived in sin. (Isaiah 7:14).
With child-like innocence, she believed what the Angel Gabriel had prophesied to her, and waited patiently for that day that she would give birth, (Matthew 1:20). She gave birth to the child, never thinking herself higher than others, that she, too, was a sinner who needed this child to save her, (Luke 1:47). But Mary found favor with God – she was highly favored, (Luke 1:30). She obeyed God and was blessed. As a result of her obedience, mankind was saved!
The events that took place were not trouble free, as Herod, who heard about this prophesy, made it his duty to kill this infant, who was a threat to his kingdom, as they were calling him the “King of kings.” (Matthew 2:16). Not knowing the child’s identity, he wanted all male children two and a half years old and younger to be killed, forcing Mary and Joseph to flee from Jerusalem with the baby Jesus.
The steps that Mary took are very similar to the steps that every believer takes when God calls us to do something. We listen and obey and wait to give birth to the plan that God has for us. We are blessed. Every year, this Christmas story serves as a reminder that we are in Christ, we are new creations, that the old has gone and the new has come, (2 Corinthians 5:17).