I wonder if at the same time God was dialoguing within Himself about His plans to create the world, He also planned what He would do to redeem it. Father, Son, and Spirit, knew the humans they would create would exercise the free-will they’d be given. God knew we would choose to move away from Him, and so He devised a plan to ensure we could return. He also worked out and set in place how the whole of what He would create would be restored, never to be corrupted again.
The day The Son of God entered a young virgin girl, that redemptive plan was set in motion. When Jesus was born, so was the age of grace; one bookend set on a shelf that would archive humankind’s response to a God determined to express the depth of His love.
Christmastime has a way of magnifying wherever we find ourselves on the emotional spectrum. Grieving people grieve more deeply. Suffering people feel their suffering more strongly. Joyful people’s joy finds broader expression. Contented hearts find greater depths of fulfillment.
I pray that today you would experience the transformative power of Immanuel. Whatever the condition of your fragile heart, “God with us” means, at a minimum, you are not alone. God is very aware of your deepest needs, desires, dreams… and means to meet you there. It strikes me this morning…. that reality is everything.
Behold, the virgin shall conceive
and bear a son,
and shall call his name Immanuel.
~ Isaiah 7:14 ~
Merry Christmas ~