Mary and Joseph star-gazing at their little newborn son. This day is a personal joy for them. Having a baby and creating new life is a very wonderful thing. We know that from our experience. So, I am sure, after the birth, they were able to have their private moment.
But quickly they were reminded that everything was not going to be normal. The shepherds came with an outlandish story of the angels telling them to come. Then there were teh wise men from a far -off place bearing gifts fit for a king. Then there was Simeon in the temple who would proclaim the greatness of God in this baby. Mary and Joseph hardly had a time for just those personal moments.
From the very beginning, people saw the promise of God in this little baby. It was a fulfillment of prophecy to some. It was new found hope for some others. It also was a threat to the status quo for others. Everyone from Mary and Joseph to the Shepherds to the government authorities had a vision of what this baby will bring.
It is two thousand years later. Was the power of God spent only for this one particularly day 2000 years ago? Or can we look at this baby and see a new vision of what he means for us today? How does this baby mean new life for you — now— today — from your pew — from your home — from your world? Do you see a promise? Do you see hope? Or is your life threatened by what this baby could possibly bring — if you let him. Today is Christmas. Yes, it is an event that happened more than 2000 years ago. But it is an event that keeps on happening. We change, and we need a new Christmas each year to relate to God in a new way. We need new assurances in the power of God. This is what this baby brought. It is what this baby brings. Merry Jesus Christ-mas.