It’s Christmas Eve. I enjoy the reflective atmosphere of Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve is the anticipation of Christmas Day. It is the promise of coming hope. It’s the set-up for the celebration. It’s the last moment before the fulfilling of prophecy.
On Christmas Eve the Manger was empty… the Heavenly Choir silent… the Shepherds were sleeping… the Magi were traveling… Herod was plotting… Simeon was waiting… Joseph was anxious… and Mary was anticipating.
On that first Christmas Eve the world spun on in the same manner that it had for thousands of years. A Savior was still just a hope… A Redeemer had not been revealed… Immanuel, as God With Us, was not visible. The Angel’s words to Mary and Joseph were still just a Promise.
But, then, in a moment… a most remarkable moment… Christmas Eve became Christmas Day!
The Manger became God’s Throne… The Angelic Choir exploded in Celebratory Worship… The
Shepherds were running toward Bethlehem… The Magi saw the Star finally stop moving… Herod had been fooled… Simeon’s Promised Day was now possible… Joseph was relieved… and Mary was marveling.
On that first Christmas Day the world would never be the same again. The Savior had arrived… The Redeemer was on location… Immanuel had entered the world… And the Angel’s Words of Promise, became reality.
What a moment! What a wonderful, marvelous moment… the moment Jesus was born everything changed! God had come to live among the people He had created. People could now relate to God in a way that they never had been able to in past years. God became Touchable… Relatable… Personal and… Human.
Let me encourage you this Christmas Eve to take a moment to reflect on the quiet of Christmas Eve, when the Promised One was still just promised, but in anticipation of the Joy of Christmas Day when the Prince of Peace would finally arrive… the Day God moved in among us. The day the Angels Celebrated… the day the shepherds Witnessed…. the day the Magi Worshipped… The Day when Jesus was Born!
“And his name will be the hope of all the world.” Matthew 12:21 NLT AMEN.