“The Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the Christian assertion being that what is beyond all space and time, what is uncreated, eternal, came into nature, into human nature, descended into His own universe, and rose again, bringing nature up with Him. It is precisely one great miracle. If you take that away there is nothing specifically Christian left.” ―C.S. Lewis, “The Grand Miracle”
God With Us
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” ―Matthew 1:18-23
O Lord, when we were without Christ we were without hope. We were in need of the extraordinary; we were in need of the One Grande Miracle. The incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ rescued us from our helpless condition. Through Him we were delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and conveyed into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Col. 1:13). Since He descended, we are now enabled to ascend. Thank You Lord for being with us!
Since we have been made a part of the Body of Christ, we now represent Him to others. Look around you and consider who might be in need of some fresh hope and encouragement. Look for an opportunity to be with them in fellowship, hospitality or even conversation. Don’t forget to pray with them and for them.