Reflection based on Luke 2:6-7.
What a precious glimpse God has preserved for us through His word.
In a few short verses He has allowed us to peer through a crack in the wall of the stable to see just a few of the details of that night.
Imagine Joseph hovering over Jesus’ little body–quick and quiet breathing pumping His little chest up and down.
Imagine Joseph worshiping in adoring Hebrew whispers “Yeshua.”
On this first Christmas, just moments after Jesus was born, it probably appeared to Joseph that the long-expected Messiah had arrived at an inappropriate place with no fanfare or announcement at all.
But just as God has somewhat hidden from us those first moments with the New Born King, He had hidden from Joseph many future events.
Joseph did not yet know there was a choir of angels stirring up a ruckus on a hillside in that region.
He did not yet know a procession of musky Shepherds were hustling toward the awkward sight of a baby in a feeding trough.
He did not yet know the blessing of Anna or Simeon or of the looming “sword” that would pierce Mary’s soul.
He did not yet know wise men’s gifts would also agitate the paranoia of an insane king.
He did not yet know his little family would need to flee for their lives under a genocidal decree from that same king.
But he knew Jesus was God’s Son, born to save His people from their sins.
And for Joseph, at this moment, that was all God chose to show him.
And it was enough.
In a sense, you and I are living in that same space–between the wonder of all God has done and all trials and glory to come.
We know about the manger, the cross, and the empty tomb. The rest He promised is still somewhat hidden.
We do not know when we’ll hear the diagnosis, the news, or a dreaded announcement.
We do not yet know every detail about angels, or the particulars Heaven, or the exact implications of an eternal Kingdom.
Though we cannot fathom the extent of future hardships or blessings, we know Jesus and He know us.
And that is enough for now.
Merry Christmas, Dear Friend.
I hope you have enjoyed “A Remarkable Advent: Stories of the Ordinary People God Chose to Fulfill His Extraordinary Plan,” and the daily readings I have posted here.
I have sure enjoyed pondering and writing about it. I hope you have been stirred with an affection for God and His unfathomable plan. I certainly have been.
Thank you for reading and for joining me in quiet worship of the One who wrote the story in the first place.