Who’s ready for a little joy this Christmas? The pandemic has taken its toll on so many of us, putting a damper on even the simplest of activities like work or school. It can be tempting to simply “go through the motions” of the holiday season, but now, more than ever, it’s time to celebrate Christmas joy!
It’s time to regain the wonder of the virgin birth and the glory of God’s plan of salvation. Despite the heartaches and struggles of the past year, you can make this Christmas a season of renewed discovery of the miracles surrounding the birth of our Savior.
Jesus was not born in a heavenly bubble. God sent His Son to earth in a time of distress, a time when His people were oppressed by Roman rule.
In fact, when the prophetic words of the virgin birth were first spoken years before, it was a time when God’s people were under enemy attack and their leader, King Ahaz, doubted God could or would rescue them. The prophet Isaiah told the doubting king, “The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)
The promise was restated in Isaiah 9 when God’s people were once more deeply troubled.
“Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress... the people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy...” – Isaiah 9:1-3 (NIV)
God’s word promised light and hope and joy!
“...For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
Now fast forward to the priest Zechariah and Elizabeth and a time when God’s people were under the oppression of Roman rule. To this couple, who were barren and past the age of childbearing, came an angel with a promise: A son would be born. A voice who would prepare the way of the Lord.
“He will be a joy and delight to you,” said the angel. The angel’s message was an answer to the old priest’s prayer and good news for a world in turmoil. (For more, read Luke 1:5-23 and 57-80 on Biblica).
Meanwhile in a village not far away, Elizabeth’s younger cousin was also visited by an angel who told her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.”
Amazingly, the virgin Mary had the faith to believe that nothing is impossible with God. “‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’”
Imagine the joy that Mary and Joseph felt when they held the miracle baby in their arms for the very first time. Jesus, the Son of God, the Savior of the world born in a humble stable. All the hopes and dreams of the ages cradled in their arms – born in the midst of a time of deep distress and oppression.
Can you believe? Can you embrace the awe and wonder of the moment? This Christmas, when you gaze upon the tiny baby in the nativity scene, remember the miracle. Celebrate the joy of Christmas and stream Christian Christmas movies with Pure Flix!