“For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”. (Luke 2:11). “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God” (I Thess. 4:16).
Hey Gang, Have you transitioned in your walk with the Lord between verse one of the morning Scripture and verse two? Me thinks that many folks are still locked into the “babe of the manger” and not the "King of kings and Lord of lords. " !
This past week I came in contact, once again, with Paul’s words to the Philippian Believers. I must admit that, in the many times I have read Philippians, I never associated Paul’s words in chapter 2:5-11 as being Paul's Christmas story. As I read this portion of Paul’s words I was impressed that he did not stop at the manger but described the birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, and Second Coming of the Lord.
Several weeks ago our pastor preached a message that he titled “Hopeful Anticipation”. I have said on many occasions that one of the great tragedies of our 'instant gratification generation" is the taking away the joy of anticipation. Receiving a gift is nice but when you have prayed, dreamed and waited with great anticipation for something you really want, and the day arrives when you can hold it in your hands, it is very special memory that you will remember forever.
Those who know me know I have always gone to great lengths to make the Christmas Season very special for my family. Some might even suggest the hundreds of feet of Christmas displays is a wee bit on the over-kill side. But, as a “Seed Planter’ my heart has always been to implant that Jesus not only came as a babe but “He is going to come again as King of kings and Lord of Lords!” We know not when Father God will tell His Son to “go for it”, but we do know from His prophetic word that all is in place for the final chapter to begin.
Sooooo, Yes, Jesus was born in a manger under very miraculous circumstances - but that was only the delivery system to get Him to earth. This Christmas season as you have heard the Christmas Story once again, make sure you do not leave Jesus in the manger. As Paul Harvey would say - “now here is the rest of the story": “Then they will see The Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven” (Mark 13:26-27).