The Miracle of Christmas
By Susan Sage
Many people believe Christmas is the time of year for miracles. We hear it in songs and see it in movies. But what is the true miracle of Christmas?
The angels said it best. “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11 NAS)
The entire Christmas story demonstrates several miracles from Mary’s pregnancy to Joseph taking her as his wife though the child wasn’t his. There’s also the fascinating way God arranged for the angels to bring the news to a few shepherds in the fields first. There’s the miracle of Emmanuel…God with us.
There are other points which cause me to ponder and leave me in awe of God’s miraculous plan. Jesus, God’s Son, allowed Himself to be put in the place of being born as a human.
Jesus—Emmanuel—the Prince of peace, came not as a prince into a royal palace but rather to this very young couple in a barn. The Creator came through His handiwork to His creation.
Jesus—the Deliverer—delivered into the world He came to save.
Jesus—Jehovah is salvation, the name spoken to Mary—who would bring salvation to His mother and to others.
Jesus—who knew all along what He would endure and face on this earth. Those He created to know Him, would turn away from Him and turn on Him.
The name Jesus—whispered by His mother, uttered by those in need, and trusted by those who would believe His words.
No other miracle can compare. No other love has ever come close in magnitude. No other life has had the same impact on nations or an individual heart.
No other name has brought more compassion, love, and sacrifice by some while causing anger, hostility, and war by others.
No other name held so much promise, hope, and forgiveness, power, justice, and authority.
Some miss the miracle of Christmas for now. Someday, though the name of Jesus will be spoken and everyone will bow before Him. (Philippians 2:10-11) Then all will understand the message of Christmas, the hope of Christmas, and the miracle of Christmas.
God in a baby’s body called Jesus. God the Messiah—the anointed One. The promised One.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:14 NAS)
The Christmas miracle—God came to live with us so that we could live with Him. He came to bring peace to troubled hearts and comfort to the weary. He came to live in and walk with each of us through each day. The miracle is that the Creator of all, loves each of us so much, He wants to be part of our every day lives to walk with us and hold us up during the best and heaviest of days.
When we celebrate this year, let’s remember, the miracle of Christmas is Emmanuel…Christ with us, with each of us who will choose to walk with Him.
Meet the Author
New to north Idaho, Susan Sage and her husband are enjoying getting to know the new area. She continues to work on her craft writing about God’s purpose and sovereignty in all aspects of life. She enjoys writing devotionals and flash fiction. She enjoys mentoring other writers who are new to the craft.
She is currently working on revising her website, which should be up in the next few months.
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You can find Susan's "Sunday Inspiration" column here at Pandora's Box Gazette on the 4th Sunday each month.