When I was a boy, and it was time to open our Christmas gifts, I would always open the big ones first. The big boxes held the best gifts, right? Let’s face it, when you walk down the store aisles, the big toys and gift ideas surround us, attracting our attention as the best presents for our kids or families. The Christmas season is BIG, with BIG purchases expected from BIG stores, and BIG parties to prepare and attend. But big is best isn’t it?
Maybe not. In reality, many wonderful things come in small packages, and could easily fit in your hand. One personal example of this is the year I opened a small present, and inside was a die cast metal Batmobile. This was in the 60’s when the Batman tv show was on every week, and was THE highlight of my week. This model Batmobile was identical to the one on the show, and was instantly my favorite possession, one that I wish I still had. Or, how about a long awaited engagement ring? A precious photograph? Imagine someone giving you an address to a daughter you haven’t seen in years, and thought would never agree to see you again. Perhaps best of all is the blessing of a new son or daughter, conceived in love, and received with joy. Life altering blessings often, if not mostly, come in small packages.
Now, of course this is leading to the grand, inconceivable, Blessing of all the ages from eternity past unto eternity future.The Majestic, Infinite, Creator God entering humanity as a helpless, tiny, baby. A baby that needs to be changed, fed, held, rocked, and protected. Could God be contained in this child? Can Infinity fit into a 7 pound baby boy? Amazingly that is exactly what the Bible tells us.
On the night of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem angels visited a group of shepherds( why shepherds? I really don’t know), and loudly proclaimed to them,
“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord“.
A prophet, named Isaiah told the people of God around 500 B.C., “…for unto us a child is born…and His name shall be called …Mighty God…”
Now, that is staggering news. But when you think about it, what is too hard for God? Is it too hard, for the One who created all that exists with a word from His mouth, to come to earth as an infant? No, of course not. Is it too hard for a Holy God to love us enough to do so? No, it is His delight.
I, along with you, my dear friend, can rejoice with this tiny package this Christmas, given to us with joy. A blessed Christmas to you.