18 Dec Pondering the Miracle of Christmas
Do you believe in miracles? If so, what exactly is a miracle? Would it be a miracle if an unexpected check was delivered in the mailbox, on the very day you were being evicted? Would it be a miracle if your long-lost brother-in-law actually dropped in for Christmas dinner?
What makes something a miracle?
The Greek word for miracle is simaios, which means “sign.” A miracle is a sign, and signs are not accidents. A sign is stuck in a strategic place to send a specific message. Thus a miracle, if it truly exists, is like a flare shot across the skies from heaven, reminding us that someone is out there. Someone is speaking to us.
We are not alone.
In our second Preview Service on Dec. 7, we discussed the miracle of Christmas. According to the Bible, about 2000 years ago, this thing happened that has forever changed the world. The second chapter of Luke describes that miraculous moment in history when the Virgin Mary gave birth to the baby and laid him in a Bethlehem manger.
Why is the story of Christmas so consequential? For those of thus in the Christian faith, the logic flows as follows:
- If Jesus was truly born of the Virgin Mary, then He was the Son of God.
- If Jesus was the Son of God, then He was truly the perfect sacrifice for my sins.
- If Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for my sins, then I am fully forgiven of my past.
- 4) If I am fully forgiven, then I am free. And full of joy.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10 (NIV)
Merry Christmas, everyone.
P.S. If you have some time for a good book over the break, drink this one in. Brilliant, moving, inspiring.