Each year during the Christmas season, Linda and I enjoy watching again many of our favorite Christmas movies from the past. Linda’s favorites is “Miracle on 34th Street.” In this movie a girl wants only 2 things for Christmas: a family and a house with a swing in the backyard. At the end of the movie the “miracle” occurs, and it occurs on 34th Street.
I am thinking of another street of miracles. No, it’s not 34th Street, but rather, Main Street in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago. There God performed a miracle—He became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ.
Theologians refer to this miracle as incarnation. Not reincarnation, but incarnation. The term means “in flesh.” Jesus Christ was and is both fully God and fully human. And the miracle of Christmas is that it’s true meaning can be celebrated all year long.
Why is that true? Because of the personal nature of the miracle. We see this fact in the announcement of the angel to shepherds near Bethlehem: “Unto you Christ been born.”
It’s a Miracle That Calms Our Fears
The shepherds were out tending their sheep. Just an ordinary night for them until an angel appeared and announced Christ’s birth (His incarnation) in the city of Bethlehem. The angel said to the shepherds, “Don’t be afraid” (Luke 2:10).
Jesus’ coming into the world was God’s answer for feelings of fear. How is this possible? The answer is that Jesus has already conquered whatever it is that causes us to feel afraid.
Finances? God supplies our needs through Jesus—Philippians 4:19.
Death? Jesus was raised from the dead to conquer it—1 Corinthians 15:55
Loneliness? Jesus aid, “I’ll never leave you or forsake you”—Hebrews 13:5
Worry? Jesus said that if we seek God’s rule in our lives first that He would take care of the anxiety—Matthew 6:33
Stress? Jesus said, “Come to me and I will give you rest”—Matthew 11:28
The future? When Jesus is in your life you live an abundant, overcoming life—John 10:10
A decision you are facing? Jesus, the light of the world, gives us light (insight) for our daily decisions—John 812
It’s a Miracle That Brings Joy to Our Lives
The angel’s announcement to the shepherds continued: “I bring you good news of great joy” (Luke 2:10).
Joy is Jesus’ gift to us. But what is this joy anyway? Bible joy is a deep sense of delight and gladness even though things around us might not be delightful.
And herein is the rub. Since Jesus has given us joy, and His joy enables us to experience gladness even in the face of troubles, then why is it that so many Christ followers don’t act like they have joy?
I think I know the answer. Whenever we shift our attention and focus off Jesus and onto our troubles, we lose our joy. And our circumstances come between us and Jesus. Do you need to recover your joy?
Jesus is a personal Savior. “Unto you,” said the angel
Jesus is a sufficient Savior. “Christ the Lord,” said the angel.
Jesus is an understanding Savior.
Where were those shepherds to find Jesus? In the finest hotel room? In a king’s castle? No, the angels said, “This will be a sign to you. You will find the baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:13).
Why did God do Jesus’ birth that way? To lets us know He can identify with us. He fully understands us because He became a human being and went through the same struggles we go through.
Is Jesus your Savior? That is, have you personally invited Him to be a Savior to you? This is the miracle of Christmas. God can be real to you as you live for Jesus. Believe me. Its’ the most hopeful way to live your life.