Some people cannot understand how God could have come down and been wrapped in human flesh. That isn’t strange to me, though. In fact it is quite easy for me to believe, because I see Jesus born in human hearts every day. He comes and lives in hearts and transforms lives, and to me that’s a great miracle.
God’s Word says that part of one of Jesus’ titles is “wonderful.” “A child has been born for us. We have been given a son who will be our ruler. His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace.”1
He was wonderful in life, going about everywhere doing good and healing all that were oppressed.2 He was wonderful in His death: because He died for you and me, we can have eternal life.3 He was wonderful in His resurrection: because He rose from the dead, we will also be resurrected.4 And now He’s wonderful in His life after death, because He lives to intercede for us.5
But it is not enough that Christ, the King of kings, was born in Bethlehem beneath the star that heralded His coming; He must be born within our hearts.
Perhaps you’ve seen the famous painting by William Holman Hunt in which Jesus is seen standing before a closed door, with a lantern in hand. It is said that some time after Hunt had finished what was to become his most famous work, someone told him that he’d made a mistake; there was no doorknob.
“I didn’t make a mistake,” Hunt answered. “The door is the door to a heart, and it can only be opened from the inside.”
Jesus can never enter a door unless it is opened from the inside. God’s Word says, “To all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.”6 Welcome Him into your heart. He will transform your life!
Points to Ponder: Constant Christmas
The angels who sang praises to God the night Jesus was born still sing today. If you listen carefully, you can hear them over the hustle and bustle of life. Join in.
Jesus was God’s gift to the whole world, and not just for Christmas, but for every day, our whole lives through and beyond, for all eternity. It was the perfect gift, because Jesus can meet every need and make every dream come true.
The Christmas story tells us that it’s okay to start small. Jesus started as a tiny baby born in a stable, but He ended up at the right hand of the throne of God. And because of Him, our small beginnings will have greater ends in His eternal kingdom.
Christmas is a state of mind. It’s happiness‚ thankfulness, love, giving. Do those things, and every day can feel like Christmas.
Christmas comes and goes, but Jesus never leaves the heart.
If you haven’t yet received God’s most wonderful gift, Jesus, you can right now by praying the following prayer:
Thank You, Jesus, for coming to our world and living like one of us. Thank You for dying for me, so I can have eternal life in heaven. Please forgive me for all the wrongs I’ve done, and fill my life with Your love.