As we’ve been reading through the Christmas story, we have the picture of a tiny, helpless baby born into a poor unknown family who is struggling to even find a place to stay. The baby is born in a stable, and the first people to welcome the baby are non-important shepherds.
If you really pause and go over the events in your mind, you would see a nondescript story, one that wouldn’t make a successful novel or film. It would be too full of sad, difficult situations. And the ending a while later would be the slaughter of all the Jewish baby boys two years old and younger.
This is not the story pictured in many of our creche scenes – the lovely Mary dressed in a flowing blue dress with nicely dressed Joseph standing guard over her and the baby; a few snowy white lambs hovering in the background with a couple of sleepy cows in the nearby hay. The hay all quite golden and piled in places where you could sit or lie down.
Yet, in reality, this baby is one of the Trinity. This baby has actually been in existence for eternity. This baby is God Himself in human form. What an incomprehensible, amazing thought!
Colossians 1: 15 – 20 NLT
Christ Is Supreme
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
As we go through today, doing all our last-minute preparations for Christmas, let’s also keep in mind who we are celebrating. The most incredible event in human history – God Himself coming to live on earth.
Our song for today is the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, sung by Royal Choral Society