Because that Mama....she knew.
the Savior's birth to the working class in the fields.
And they came to worship.
those powerful hands now cloaked in infant flesh.
Right up until His last breath - the one he mustered up at the very end so that he could shout your freedom into the air...
Paid for! Tetelestai!
And that tiny heart, the one that we celebrate this time of year? Because God is love? And He loves us all? That heart was for you - every beat for you.
And eventually that tiny heart would be pierced and speared under a dark sky and his life poured out like water - every bit for you.
His mother, the one who held his tiny body on this Christmas night?
Her heart would also be pierced. She would hold his shredded, ruined body after he gave his life up willingly for you.
This is Christ - this is NOT us or what we do.
We are NOT peace and goodwill.
We ARE war, murder, lust, hatred - we are thieves.
We are lost, and yet the weary world rejoices.
This season, we are all the "wise men" bowing low at His feet with our goodwill and our "gifts" for Him. We want to stay here, in this place of worship at the manger, but we can't because HE DIDN'T.
We all must decide what to do with this Baby. As we pack away the decorations, how often do we tuck Him back into His manger, or pin Him back up on that cross - or worse yet - we stuff Him into that grave and we leave Him there. In our own inability to accept Him as He is, we put Him ANYWHERE but where He IS...
On His Throne as the Risen Savior, holding back the day when He will judge our righteousness by our own merit or by His.
You see, He is not a baby. And no matter what you do with Him or who you say He is, He will keep being God. He is eternal. Everlasting. Unchanging. And He is not dead.
Jesus is alive. And we have been Redeemed. And His Peace on Earth is coming. Are you ready? If you aren't ready, GET ready.
Because this Christmas carol, the one we all sing that asks us to prepare Him room....
"Joy to the world, the Lord has come.
it was written to herald the second coming of Christ.
Because that baby?