There are many mysteries surrounding the Christmas season when we are children. What presents am I going to get? Will it snow on Christmas day? Is there really a Santa Claus? As we grow older, the mysteries change but are still very much at hand. How am I going to get everything done before Christmas day? What presents should I buy? Will Greg Cappadona finally turn up the heat a little in the church?
The Christmas story is full of mysterious events. I find myself wondering how I would have reacted to some of these situations. Some days, I have unwavering faith in situations that seem to be impossible. Some days, I let doubts get in the way of simple reasoning. Would I have followed a star to a barn? I don’t even trust Google maps! Would I have had the faith to believe the Son of God was now among us? I believe it now, so hopefully I would have then as well.
One of the biggest mysteries of them all is WHY God sent his Son, born of a virgin, to save us from sin. He didn’t have to. He could have looked at the sin filled world below and said, “you’re on your own”. Instead, we were given the best Christmas gift we could ever dream of, Jesus. Even before his conception, the plan for Jesus was known to God. He was aware of every joy and every moment of suffering Jesus would experience. God sent his son to earth for a purpose. God put us here for a reason as well. It is human to wonder, “why am I here?”. We sometimes spend so much time questioning our purpose that we forget that He knows that answer. C.S. Lewis said, “Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you.”
This Christmas season, I encourage you to embrace all the mysteries. From the virgin birth, the guiding star, a King lying in a manger instead of a castle, and many other modern-day mysteries, find in them the joy and peace of the promises of God for His people.
Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14
~ Maria Francisco