6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Today is Christmas Eve and I cannot get over this moment. I am picturing Mary, large pregnant, over being pregnant, oh so ready to meet this person who has been growing inside of her for 9 months. Yet, very sure that this moment is about to change the entire trajectory of her life. Life will never be the same, everything is about to change, to be made brand new. I have been in those moments, over being pregnant, and yet with the knowledge that my life is about to never be the same and really not knowing what the new is going to look like. How will I navigate? What will life be like in just a few short hours?
Even if you have never been pregnant, I would bet that most of us have been ‘pregnant’ with a new beginning, a life that is so full to bursting that something is about to change. Pregnant with a new idea or direction of life that the Lord has planted in our hearts. So ready to see this thing come to life and yet completely unsure of what this newness is going to look like. How will you navigate it? What will this new life look like?
This is the promise of Christmas. Jesus came after 400 years of silence. The still night is broken by the birth of the Savior, the King of kings, the Prince of peace. And the reality of all things being made new has arrived. Jesus’ birth marked the beginning of what was going to be the New Covenant. A way back to our Lord was just born into our world. And nothing would ever be the same again. Every prophecy is fulfilled and will continue to be fulfilled until the moment He breathes His last. This is the season for us to understand that we are made new. All of who we are and what we are called to do are made new in Jesus. The shedding of blood at His birth was a foreshadow of the shedding of His blood that would be making us brand new! His first breath, that would lead to His last breath and become our first breath, was born on this night!
No matter where you find yourself this day, may you be filled with the knowledge that Jesus’ birth marks a new beginning for you. His life has made a way for you to walk in your newness of life. As you go to worship tonight, surrounded by believers and unbelievers alike, may you leave at the foot of the cross, every piece of baggage that is hindering you. May you instead grasp hold of the new that Jesus is offering you as we celebrate His birth. May this mark the season where you ‘give birth’ to what the Lord has planted in your heart. May you hear the first cries of it come to life in the shadow of the manger. You are so loved that our Savior came to us, as a baby born to die, just to give you a new life! May every stress and hurt and sorrow that you have carried pale in comparison to the new life that Jesus has made a way for! Merry Christmas!
Lord, we cannot fathom that our Lord and Savior joined our humanity in the form a baby. That He would choose to be obedient to You and take on flesh just so He could lay that flesh down on our behalf. We stand in awe of You and so very thankful for the gift of new life. As we celebrate this new life, may we bring honor and glory to Your name and shine the light of the world, that gives new life, into this darkness. We love you Jesus! In Jesus name we pray!