I am overwhelmed by the birth of Jesus. Maybe it’s the obedience of both Joseph and Mary, especially in light of the legal and societal expectations of a young couple. Maybe it’s the faithfulness of God to fulfill His prophecy of the Old Testament prophets. Maybe it’s God’s love for us displayed for all the world to see in the birth of our Redeemer. Maybe it’s the incredibly deep respect Joseph had for what God was doing in and through Mary that he did not…would not…have sex with her until AFTER the birth of the Christ-child. It could be Jesus, giving up his divine and supernatural rights to become one of us…as a child of all things. Or that He created us knowing that this day would come…the day He would step out of heaven and into our world to die a horrendous death for His own creation. One of these actions would be enough to overwhelm me or maybe a combination, but when you put ALL of them together! I mean how can I NOT be overwhelmed?
They all had to happen just as they did so our Messiah, my Jesus could be born both of God and of Man and that He may be the perfect and final sacrifice for our sins. Wow, God. This is sooooo powerful. It’s hard to take it all in.
Thank you, Father, for working all things out for my good. Thank you, King Jesus, for stepping out of heaven and into my world for my sake. Thank you for the sacrifice you both made for me…for all of humanity. May I continue to be overwhelmed by your willingness to pursue and accommodate a relationship with me. May the God of my salvation be blessed!