Can we pause and think about this for a moment: what was in the heart of God, in the sending of our Saviour? No, not a debate on when in His time that might have been, but to consider that it WAS in his heart at all, speaks to who our Father is. We cannot comprehend it. However, the enormity of his love, his grace and his mercy are behind God’s heart to give us the gift of Jesus. This is where the Christmas story starts.
We can fast forward to Mary’s encounter with the Spirit, the shepherds, the birth, and the moment the angel announced “today…a Saviour has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord” and worship, rightly so, these are significant moments. But there was also something significant occurring in “the heavens” long before this. God’s heart stirring for a lost humanity. God preparing a way, in fact, the way. The Christmas story starts in the heart of God… As Jesus’ coming is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy it makes sense that we find clues to “the heart of God” there. (READ Isaiah 7:14; 9:6 & 61:1-3)
Our sin separates us from God. God provides the solution in the person of Jesus. His plan of salvation thought out, and prophesied centuries earlier is finally delivered. That’s Good News!
This Christmas time as we consider the Christmas story let’s be reminded where it started – in the heart of God. So because of this truth, beyond the baubles, the trees, the gifts and the food is an invitation to us. We can see what God did, what he was willing to do for us. What are we willing to do with that knowledge? The Good News is that Jesus did come, walked this earth, did all that he said he would do, died and rose again. The invitation is to accept that he did that for you. He so loved you he gave his only son.
O Come Let us adore him…