When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.
~ Luke 2:15-16
From before the creation of the world, through His appearance as a baby, into His departure from this earth, and to our waiting for His return a story is happening. A story found on every page of scripture; the Lord is drawing all men to Himself.
As a baby, shepherds near by and wise men from the far east were drawn to Him, the Messiah had come, the One who would take away the sins of the world. Today those who appear near, neat, clean and those whom appear to be without hope and far away are drawn to Him, for He is the Savior. “For where Christ is named, idolatry is destroyed and the fraud of evil spirits is exposed; indeed, no such spirit can endure that Name, but takes to flight on sound of it (Athanasius).”
This Christmas as we gather with friends and family, let us remember that since the beginning the Lord has been drawing all men to Himself, those near and those far. He has been in and is in the business of saving men out of their mess and cleaning them up. For that friend we love who just needs Jesus, and that relative we really don’t want to be around, the answer for both is Jesus! He is drawing all men to Himself, may we seek, beg and ask Him to do it again this season in the lives of those around us and in the lives of those around the world!
Light has entered the world and is pushing back darkness!
Only the humble believe him and rejoice that God is so free and so marvelous that he does wonders where people despair, that he takes what is little and lowly and makes it marvelous. And that is the wonder of all wonders, that God loves the lowly…. God is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. God marches right in. He chooses people as his instruments and performs his wonders where one would least expect them. God is near to lowliness; he loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken.
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer