It’s amazing that as you grow older, you are able to grasp more of the Christmas story than the year before.
(That’s what I love about the Gospel!)
In years past, I’ve heard the Christmas story and believed it but haven’t truly pondered the details of that Holy Night.
We sing songs in church, listen to Christmas carols, read the story out of the Bible but have we missed the important details that seem to be left in the background when it comes to the reality of the Christmas story?
One detail that jumped out at me this Christmas was the star that beamed a light so bright that silent night.
Why would God choose a star? How did He know that a star would both guide and transform the nativity scene?
In reading the Christmas story we hear of the star that led the shepherds and wise men to the manger but have you ever stopped to think just how important the star was to the story?
In Matthew 2: 10-11 it says,
“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh”
Sometimes we overlook how meaningful the star was in the story of Jesus’s birth.
Not only did the star guide the wise men and shepherds, it also gave them joy simply through its brilliance. Just by looking at the star, all who saw it were “overjoyed”. What an amazing star that must have been; how important the star was to the Christmas story.
Another detail that is overlooked happens to be a major aspect of the story. If I were to ask you the birthplace of Jesus, you would quickly answer “Bethlehem!”, not thinking anything else about it. However, what if we realized just how small and little the town in which Jesus was born happened to be? That’s right, a small….little town. God chose a small, little town for the birthplace of our Savior, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Who would believe that a King would be born in such a lowly, small, little place?
You see that is the exact reason why. Why wouldn’t God choose a small little town? Therein lies the answer…
During Christmas, we often hear things such as “bigger is better”, “the best…”, “nothing compares to…”, “What did you get?” and other phrases that only prompt us to compare our “things” to others. If you truly think about it, Christmas is, today, simply a holiday to increase the sales of stores and shops.
How often do we hear of people giving Christmas away? Not very often, which I am guilty of as well.
So, why would God choose for His Son to be born in a lowly town in a simple manger within a dirty stable? To show that Love cannot be bought, sold or compared to anything ever given.
You see, Christ is a gift that never gets old, is given daily and never fails. What other gift has that type of guarantee?
This Christmas, I have decided to slow down and think upon the details of the story rather than the broad picture of how Jesus came to earth.
When we stop and think about the details, we find that our God is all about the details.
This can also be seen in the story He’s writing in us. He specializes in the details and in the details of our own story. Just like in the story of Jesus’s birth, our story has wonderful details that we fail to stop and reflect upon.
If we stop and think, we would find that it’s all about the details.
It’s all about the simplicity of a star that led lowly people to a majestic and silent night.
It’s all about a King who was born in a small, little town of Bethlehem.
It’s all about a Savior who died for you and for me, that is orchestrating the minor details of our lives.
This Christmas, focus on the details.