The 12 Days of Christmas: Love Came Down
Mary smiled down at the baby boy–Jesus. There was my son, part of me, wrapped up in rags, in the lap of a young woman. He was with me when we laid the foundations of the earth together and through him every tangible substance and intangible force originated. And now, there He lays as a newborn baby boy, helpless just as mankind. One of us has become one of mankind. He is Our gift to the world. He is Emmanuel.
He will show the world who I am. Jesus has been sent to reveal my heart, my love for man.
Oh, how I love my children. Nothing will stand in the way of my love for them. Nothing. But there is a cost. A great cost. I have sent my son to reveal myself and also to take away their sin. I have sent him to die for them.
Many will ponder the mystery of my Son dying for His creation. The answer will be found in Love, which no man can understand with his head. Only with the spirit, can man begin to understand Love and what Love will do.
I breathed into Adam when he was dust and he became a spiritual being. The breath of every man, woman, and child originated from my first breath into Adam. When their spirit connects with my spirit, then they will begin to understand this Love.
This is why Jesus is here, in Mary’s arms– A great reconciliation. Jesus is the story I came to tell. He is the full expression of my love. Emmanuel—God with us, Heaven’s very best. Love has come.
Reflecting on the Christmas Story
Read about the Birth of Jesus Christ:
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Living CHRISTmas: How can we “open” the gift of Jesus today?