The True Meaning of Christmas – Day 10

A season of miracles.

It was as if the whole world held its breath awaiting the birth of its Savior. Men of old told how he would one day come down from Heaven and be born into this world to a virgin.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14

But how can it be? How can a virgin bare a child? It is only because of a miracle that this could occur.

A miracle is defined as an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause. Such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God. – Dictionary.com

The main ingredient of a miracle is divine intervention. There are times that our need is just so great that it goes beyond the capabilities of any human, and it is in these times that God must get involved.

You see, the world was in great need of help. The people in it had gone so far away from God that he needed to step in.

It wasn’t always like this. When God created the world, he called it “good.” It was his design and there was no sin, pain, evil, or death. It was good times.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. – Genesis 1:31

But then sin entered the world, despite God’s warning. He gave humans a free will, the ability to make our own decisions, and therefore, the propensity to be tempted into sin. So, when the devil, who hated God, appeared to Eve in the garden one day, he had a plan – he wanted to ruin God’s perfect world.

With his cunning words, he convinced Eve to go against God, and eat the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil. She thought it would make her wise. And, oh, did it. Her husband, Adam, also partook, and then it was done. Their eyes were opened and they now knew sin. That is the day sin entered into the world.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” – Genesis 3:1-24

Now, thousands of years later, the inhabitants of the world were full of evil. God looked down on his creation, as I’m sure a father looks at his children, as they fought, warred, cheated, lied, stole, and killed. He shook his head. It was time. He had appointed godly rulers, he had sent his messengers, but it just wasn’t enough. The world needed more.

The world needed a miracle.

The world needed hope. The world needed peace. The world needed light. The world needed God to come down to earth, to walk among them, to experience what it is like to be human, to see that God loves them and just wants a relationship with them.

He’s a father that just wants to be with his children, to do everything for them, to see them succeed, to see them love each other, to see them full of joy. What parent doesn’t want that for their children?

So he did what he had to do. His children were desperate. He had to do something. So at just the right time, God sent his only son to earth, as a tiny baby, born to Mary, a virgin.

Charles Spurgeon said, “The birth of Jesus is the grandest light of history, the sun in the heavens of all time. It is the pole star of human destiny, the hinge of chronology, the meeting place of the waters of the past and the future.”

The miracle of miracles. No other divine intervention is more amazing, more super natural, more needed than this one!

The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation. – J. I. Packer

It didn’t stop there. Jesus performed many miracles during his time on earth. People still needed to see signs and wonders, as if his virgin birth wasn’t enough to make people believe he was who he said he was.

And even still, they killed him. They said he was a blasphemer. How can a man say he is God? So they put him up on a cross like a criminal. They tortured him until his human body could take it no longer. He took his last breath and the heavens broke open.

But the story doesn’t end there! Remember, this is God we are talking about. First, he knew this would happen, and second, it’s all part of the plan.

This is when the second greatest (maybe even equal to the first) miracle happened. Three days after he died, Jesus rose up from death and walked out of the tomb where they had placed him! (I just got chills, did you?)

You see, you can’t stop God! Are you seeing a theme in this series? God is greater than anything here on earth. After all, he created the earth and everything in it (another miracle, by the way), including you and me.

This means that there is absolutely nothing, NOTHING, that is impossible for God. He is the great miracle worker and if your life is so out-of-control crazy that the only solution is divine intervention, then that’s what you will get.

God will step in when he decides it is time. Until then, he believes that you’ve got this. But he’s there! You are not alone. He is standing beside you; maybe he’s carrying you, and many times, without you ever knowing, he has gone before you, and prepared the way for you.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. – Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭

Miracles are happening all around us. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they’re not real. If you feel like you’re in a situation that is beyond your capabilities, pray and ask God for a miracle.

Oh, and one more thing. When Jesus rose from the dead, that wasn’t the final miracle, that wasn’t the last chance for the world to be saved. No, that was just the beginning! We are living in the season of miracles, and there is one more miracle that is yet to be done!

Jesus will return one day, and all those that believe him will be taken from earth up to Heaven with him. It is at this time that the work of God will be done. That is why it is so important that you turn to him now, because we don’t know when God will decide enough is enough. We don’t know when he will send his son one last time. So we have to be ready!

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
‭‭- Matthew‬ ‭24:44

I pray that you experience the super-natural power of God’s divine intervention in your life. If you haven’t already, maybe it’s time. Maybe today is the day that you say, “God, I need you. Please fill me with your love. Please work your miracles within me. Please come into my life and change me.” If this is what you want and need to do, and you want to talk to someone or if you have questions, I’d love to talk to you! Please reach out to me by any means (IG, email/contact, or text if you know me personally).

Thank you, God, for being such a loving and caring God, that you are so aware of our desperation for a savior that you sent us your one and only son, in the form of one of us, fully human, yet fully God. We needed you then and we need you now more than ever. Amen.

Blessings!
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