Most people are familiar with the second chapter of Luke this time of year. It is a beautiful telling of the birth of Christ given to us by Luke, the physician. I love the fact that Luke was a physician because it helps to explain why he includes so many details.
Back before teachers were told not to include Scripture in their teaching, my fifth grade teacher had everyone in her classroom memorize a good portion of Luke 2 as part of our homework assignment. It stays with me even today and I love to hear it read aloud and ‘follow along’ in my head. It wasn’t until many years later that I came to understand exactly why Luke was so excited. It was some time after that, even, that I found you can read the Christmas story in bits and pieces throughout the entire Bible.
Here is an unconventional telling of the Christmas story:
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
“But when the fullness of of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons….Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Galatians 4:4, 5 & 7)
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
“So the child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” (Luke 2:40)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3: 16-17)
Oh, don’t miss that last part! Whether you read Luke 2 or find the truth of the birth of Christ throughout the rest of Scripture, don’t miss out on that last verse. The fact that He came is important. The reason he came is critical. He came–in such an unconventional way–to reach YOU and tell you how much He loves you and make it possible for you to spend eternity with Him. THAT is really the Christmas story. It is the only Christmas present that ever really mattered. Open it for yourself today? Once you’ve done so, share it with those around you and watch the season become more meaningful than ever before!
Take time to revel in the beauty of the perfect and unconventional gift of God this season!
Grace, Peace and Merry Christmas!
By the way, I’ll be taking the next few days to celebrate with family and friends. I pray you’ll have the same joy and opportunity to see God at work around you in the lives of the people you love! I’ll see you back here in the new year!
*photo by Becky Childs