Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect lamb?
That sleeping child you're holding is the great I AM.
G. K. Chesterton wrote that “the believers in miracles accept them (rightly or wrongly) because they have evidence for them. The disbelievers in miracles deny them (rightly or wrongly) because they have a doctrine against them.”
As we celebrate Christmas–and the miracle of God becoming incarnate–Christians around the globe accept this event as fact, because our lives were changed by it. Further, we believe in a God who can affect events in the world because to believe otherwise is worse than no belief at all. A worldview that denies the reality of effective prayer–prayer that can change things–is actually incompatible with belief in God in any meaningful sense of the term.
As we pray this holiday season, we need to remember and believe again, that God is not imprisoned in the world he has made. He is marked by more intelligence than mere fate or chance. Nothing is fixed. Everything is flexible. After all, God is Person. And if His image is seen in Jesus Christ, then there is no reason at all to believe that He cannot act with purpose and meaning. Once we liberate God from our finite intellectual bondage–it is not difficult to believe that “With God, all things are possible” (Matt 19:26).
A miracle is an event in which the redemptive purpose of God is clearly made manifest. Christ coming to earth as a baby, then dying for our sins, then rising from the dead, is a miracle because God chose to intervene directly in the natural course of events for a transcendent reason. It isn’t puzzling or confusing. It simply means we live in a world where the natural and the supernatural can operate together. Where “caring” can impinge upon the “due course of events.”
As a result, every prayer we utter is, at its core, a request for a miracle. A request for God to insert Himself, to impinge on the natural order. We are asking God to bring to bear upon the concrete situation we are facing, something more than what is being provided by all our human efforts and resources.
Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of one baby, of a totally different order because it was a genuine invasion of the natural order. An invasion with a transcendent purpose. With supernatural meaning. With unconditional love and caring.
This Christmas, I invite you to trust again in the miracle of Christmas.
Trust again in miracles. And sing. And pray.
Trust again, in the invading love and impinging grace of God.
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