The Christmas Miracle
by Rev. Tom Gray
I remember being breathless with expectation of Christmas when I was a child. The breathlessness was probably more about the presents than anything else. Decades later I feel much the same way. But now it’s about the presence—of Jesus.
God, in a mysterious way, came from eternal heaven in order to spent just a few decades on the Earth He created. These few decades changed this planet, and those on it, like us, forever. No longer was God a distant, indescribable character.
In previous generations, God seemed distant, unapproachable (except for special times, and for priests only), and almost universally feared. Now, we came to know He loves us and we can love Him. Faith without fear was born.
God chose to fill the world with His presence as a baby, and the world was forever changed. The distance between us and heaven was reduced to the distance between our heads and our hearts. See, hear, and believe. No more is needed for salvation and eternal hope.
Enjoy your presents. But remember that the distance from God’ presence was reduced from infinity to our hearts. If you choose not to believe this, you’ll still be far removed from God’s Love. If you believe, the Christmas miracle has already come.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:11 and 14