Glory in the Highest on Christmas Day!
One Minute Bible Study: Glory in the Highest on Christmas Day
Imagine a war-zone. Maybe you can imagine World War 2. Watch the struggle between soldiers on both sides. There are bombers flying overhead. Anti-Aircraft guns light up the night sky. Explosions and bullets everyone.
All of a sudden, one of the bombers drops the ultimate weapon into the battlefield. Everyone watches in anticipation as the weapon accelerates to the ground and hits with thunderous impact. We rush to see the center of the crater and inside it is…… a baby. What the heck? The secret weapon is a baby? How will a baby turn the tides of a war? How will a baby save us?
"She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us)."
The Baby will turn the tides. The Baby is Jesus.
He was not born into comfort and peace. He was not Immanuel in Malibu Beach, Immanuel in the Bahamas, Immanuel in some throne in Rome. He was Immanuel in a dirty, messy, unclean manger. Think about that. A manger is a place where animals eat out of. Can you imagine how sad you would be if you had to give birth in a barn, placing your newborn baby into a dirty box where animals eat out of. And it’s not like animals eat with fork and knives (“Mr. chicken, would you please pass the Grey Poupon?”). Animals literally eat like animals. And that’s what Jesus was born into. It’s lonely, low, humble, cold, and dirty.
God entered the coldness, God entered the emptiness, God entered the messiness and He brought warmth, fullness, and purity. God’s not afraid of mess. God’s not afraid of dirt. God’s not afraid of nasty. God is willing to enter your cold, sinful, dirty, messy world. Glory to God in the Highest because God wants to enter our Lowest. He is willing to enter our coldest and emptiest days because He is Immanuel. He turns a manger into a throne, He turns a cross into a crown, and He turns His death into our acceptance. Jesus came to turn the tides!