Luke 2.1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
“It came to pass.” In my Bible, this phrase appears 180 times. It causes me to pause and ask, “What came to pass?” How many of us when faced with a not-so-good situation humorously say, “this too shall pass, or, it came to pass.”
But in the Luke passage, it is the marking of time when the Christ child was making His advent on Earth. Our King was about to be birthed to Mary in Bethlehem, Joseph’s hometown as they traveled there to be counted in the census.
Jesus Christ came, not to pass, but to live among us – to walk with us, to work with us, to eat with us, to fellowship with us, to save us. God, in earth clothes…dwelt among us.
Today, we celebrate Christmas. We sing songs. We recite scripture verses. We wear pretty outfits in holiday glitter.
And, we glance back in time to a cave in the hillside of the House of Bread, Bethlehem, as The Bread of Life breaks the silent years with the birth cry that has resounded the globe for over 2,000 years.
Lying in a feed trough, tightly bundled in rags, slept the Creator of the Universe.
Let’s ask the ancients from the Bible who that sleeping baby is.
Moses calls him I AM and The Rock.
Ruth says, “My God.”
David says, “Jehovah.”
Solomon, in all his poetic brilliance, calls him the Rose of Sharon.
Isaiah, the great Prophet, names him Wonderful Counselor, his Refuge, The Stone, ah…The Prince of Peace and the Holy One of Israel.
Haggai, a prophet, called him Desire of Nations.
Zechariah names him Fountain.
Malachi called him the Purifier, the Refiner, the Sun of Righteousness.
Then, the world went silent and for 450 years not another word was written about the Coming One.
At last he came, and,
Matthew called him Emmanuel and Master.
Dr. Luke names him Dayspring.
John? The Way, The Truth, The Life.
Mary called him, “Son.”
Mary Magdalene says, “Rabboni!!”
Paul names him Mediator, Potentate, Passover Lamb, Priest, Seed of David.
Peter, tough guy Peter, lovingly calls him the Day Star, and, Shepherd.
John, the Revelator, names him Root of David, the Alpha and the Omega, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
Now, let’s get up close and personal and see Who, exactly, not only laid in the straw, but also hung on The Cross.
Jesus, Friend of sinners.
Father of Prodigals.
Deliverer of the Addicted.
Doctor to the sick.
Blanket to the homeless.
Comfort to the prisoner.
Husband to the husbandless.
Daddy to the orphan.
The Lord Jesus Christ, regardless of man’s titles, is God’s Son. No longer wrapped in blankets, He is the Lord of lords, He is The Gift of Christmas. And, if YOU have received him in your heart & life, then YOU become the gift for others. This Christmas season, may all of us, who know Him become the gift to someone else. Share Him. Be generous with Him. Give Him away so others too can experience His grace and can become a recipient of JESUS, The Perfect Gift!
PostScript: I am taking a break from blogging until January 8, 2014 – in the words of an eighth grader, “See you next year!”