Christmas always brings out emotion because it began with emotion. Think about it. God so what? He so LOVED us that He sent His only son Jesus. There is no greater emotion than the love God has for you and me.
What do you think happened when Joseph couldn’t find a place for his bride, Mary to rest and give birth to Jesus? I would love to have been in on some of those conversations! And what about Mary, the first time she saw the face of her baby…God in the flesh. Wow. I can’t even imagine.
And what was it that all those shepherds experienced on that dark hillside when, all of a sudden, heaven exploded the skies with the world’s first laser light show? I’m thinking emotions like, “I don’t know what this is but we’re all fixing to die!” Or, “What in heaven’s name is that?” Again, I’d love to have been there to see the expressions on their faces.
Finally, can we fully comprehend what the wise men and all those who came to see baby Jesus experienced? The best words that come to mind still fall short but here goes. Breath taking wonder and awe…tender brokenness…a glorious happiness…perfect peace. Christmas is filled with emotion and, sadly, a lot of that is baggage we can’t let go of. My prayer for you and myself is that, this year, we will choose to receive all of what those first eyewitnesses of His majesty did. May we fully embrace all that God put into motion that first Christmas night from a cradle to the cross, from a cross to an empty tomb. And, from an empty tomb to not only what lives in our hearts but what is lived out in our lives.