As a child, Christmas was always an exciting time, full of anticipation and the joy of giving and receiving. Those wonderful memories created with family and friends are delightfully meaningful to me now. In my teenage years I made a decision to receive God’s special gift of salvation that comes through belief in His Son Jesus. This acknowledgement on my part became the miracle that allows me to embrace the reality of Christmas.
Belief in the miraculous is essential when contemplating the Christmas story. First, consider the foretold announcement of our Savior Jesus Christ. Hundreds of years before the birth of God’s Son, the prophet Isaiah proclaimed His arrival, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NKJV).
It’s amazing that God, in His providential act of love toward us, sent His Son to earth: prophetically announced, received in awe, the hope for all mankind, miraculously given. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18). Christmas is so much more than a holiday. The message of Christmas is one of life eternal — life. It’s God’s gift to us!
Amidst the hustle and bustle of this season, if you stop and pause for a moment, you will hear the heartwarming good news being announced to your soul, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given . . .” The majesty of Christmas is life changing! Will you allow it to miraculously change you?