Last night and this morning was Christmas by Candlelight at Malty Christian Assembly. David Brakke, our lead pastor, concluded our Christmas series by sharing a few thoughts on this holiest of days.
The Bible reads, “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 1:1-7, ESV).
Pastor David challenged us to dig even further beneath surface of wonder and actually ask ourselves, “Why?” Consider why God would lay underneath the stars that he once had created. Why did he choose to come to us in the flesh? To dwell amongst us? Fully God and fully man.
The wonder leads us to worship. The magic of Christmas tradition has nothing on the miracle of Christmas transformation. Jesus did not stay an infant. The crib lead to the cross.
Today, may we realize that God truly dwells with us. Merry Christmas.