Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Mystery

a scene from The Nativity
Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus the Christ.

The birth of the Anointed One (Messiah in Hebrew, Christ in Greek; often refers to a king) was prophesied throughout history by the Old Testament prophets. In fact, when the wise men (magi) from the east came to Jerusalem, seeking the one born king of the Jews, religious leaders of Israel referred to the prophecies and accurately pointed out where the child was to be born. Jesus was born to in Bethlehem of Judea, known as the city of David.

Indeed, Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled all the prophecies concerning the Messiah found in Scriptures.

His birth was announced to the shepherds by a host of angels. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of his birth is that he was born to a virgin. Mary was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Unbelievable? Before you quickly dismiss them, may I invite you to "dwell in them"? There are elements of mystery surrounding the birth of Jesus. Christmas is a good time to allow a bit of mystery in your life.

By the way, I am not anti-science. I love science. In fact, I believe that scientific pursuits will eventually lead to the discovery of God.

It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. (Proverbs 25:2)

Imagine a child on Christmas morning. She could hardly stay in bed with the anticipation of gifts under the Christmas tree. Parents who put the gifts there are just as eager. They delight in her delighting. They love to see her joy.

God's mysteries are like presents under a Christmas tree. They are hidden in his universe for you to discover.