Monday, December 24, 2018
This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger. Luke 2:12
As I reflect on this picture, I’m reminded of how much I love Christmas Eve services at Trinity. They are warm, welcoming, and beautiful. We have glorious music, lovely decorations, sacred communion, and time-honored traditions. We come dressed in our finest holiday garb. What a magnificent way to celebrate the birth of our Lord!
Yet, what a study in contrasts to Christ’s humble entry into this world. We read this scripture verse, and we can’t find any glorious music or beautiful decorations. We don’t read about lovely clothing; instead we read about “bands of cloth.” We read about a “manger,” not a setting we’d think appropriate for our Lord.
There are messages for all of us in this contrast. We should look for the Divine in the ordinary. Can we see the face of God in a small child, whether in our home or church—or in our community or Honduras? Can we serve those who are in need, are from humble beginnings, or are poor in spirit?
The entry of Christ into our world is surely the beginning of our saving grace. Such an unassuming event – a humble birth in a humble place. No fanfare, no great celebrations. Yet, so important to all of us. We should remember our Savior’s humble birth and be humbled by God’s power and plan for us. As we celebrate this night, let us not forget God’s salvation for the world in his son, Jesus.