The song Jingle Bells has it right… “Dashing through the snow…” It may not be snowing where you are but this time of year, most of us feel like we are dashing — to somewhere, something or someone. Honestly, some years I’m dash-ier than others. I don’t know about you, but Christmas came quickly this year. Yet, no matter how busy December gets, I love reading and pondering the Christmas stories found in Matthew and Luke.
A couple of days ago, I was reading Luke 1 which foretells the birth of Jesus. When you get a minute take a look at verses 26-38. (Luke 1:26-38) These are some powerful verses because there are so many facts in this short passage. It clearly answers the ‘who, what, where, why, when and how’ curious minds want to know. If you were a news reporter, you would love this account.
In Luke 1, we meet Mary and learn the name of her upcoming baby. We discover when and where this blessed event occurs. God uncovers his plan: a Savior for the world that will last forever. We see all persons of the trinity through the presence of our Sovereign God, the birth of our Savior Jesus and the power of our Holy Spirit. In these remarkable verses we realize that although Mary is confused, she still trusts. We rejoice in the greatness of Jesus and the coming of His eternal kingdom. We witness an empowering of the Holy Spirit who is still working in our lives today. We are given the great promise, “For no word from God will ever fail.”
My prayer for you this Christmas and the coming year is that you will BELIEVE. Believe our Savior Jesus was born. Believe God uses ordinary, confused people, like you and me, to accomplish His purposes. Believe the Holy Spirit’s power is actively working in you and me to do great things. Believe that even though the world is dashing by, God is working in unimaginable ways.
May the love of baby Jesus who came to earth be real to you this season. Best wishes to you and yours. Susan