Moments of Wonder

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Volume No. 2020   Issue No. 45   Date: December 23, 2020

Publication of the BIBLE BAPTIST MINISTRY, 48 Alexie Rd, Hanover Township, PA 18706

Phone: 717-715-3317 pdmikBBM@aol.com pastormiklas@aol.com

 

Even though the celebration of Christmas has become so hectic, we savor the joy of the season. As our world keeps roaring toward an uncertain future, Christmas is a kind of security blanket that connects us to the past. The sounds and sights and smells of the sacred season bring back old memories, and they remind us of a Savior who entered human history through a virgin’s womb in a Bethlehem barn. However, too often, we find ourselves so caught up in the busyness of Christmas that we don’t take time to reflect on the wonderment of it all. The first Christmas was certainly surrounded by wonder:

 

Zechariah wondered how he and his elderly wife could give birth to the forerunner of the Messiah (Luke 1:18).

Mary wondered how it would be possible for a virgin to give birth to a baby (Luke 1:34).

Joseph wondered why he and Mary had been chosen by God to be the parents of the Messiah (Matthew 1:18-25).

The shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem wondered about the angels that appeared in the sky, and what their message meant (Luke 2:13-15).

Those in Bethlehem wondered about the story that the shepherds were spreading throughout the city (Luke 2:17-18).

Mary wondered about everything that was happening at the birth of her baby (Luke 2:19).

Simeon wondered at the blessing of being able, before he died, to see the child-Messiah (Luke 2:25-32).

Mary and Joseph "marveled" at the words prophesied by Simeon about their baby, Jesus (Luke 2:33-35).

People in the temple that day no doubt wondered about the words of Anna, the prophetess, who spoke about the redemption to come through the baby Jesus {Luke 2:38). 

The magi must have wondered about the meaning of the star they saw, and the child to whom they brought gifts, and about the dream that warned against Herod (Mathew 2:1-12).

Joseph wondered about his dream that warned him to take Mary and Jesus and flee to Egypt to avoid Herod (Matthew 2: 13-15).

 

Those are just the moments of wonder that are recorded for us in Scripture. But think how many more countless moments of wonder there have been. What about the wonderment of the words found in Luke 2: 7-12, “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. (8) And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. (9) And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. (10) And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. (11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (12) And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Did you notice the phrase used twice in verse 7, “wrapped him in swaddling clothes” and in verse 12 “And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Remembering the sign of the Scarlet cord of Joshua 2, perhaps the “swaddling clothes” were made of  RED CLOTH as a sign of the “BLOOD” that was to be shed at Calvary. Wonder about that as we also remember the road to the CROSS at Calvary needed to pass through the CRADLE of Bethlehem.

 

A good place to start the celebration of Christmas is to spend some time reflecting on the wonders of the true Christmas story and keep wondering and marveling at what God has done.

 

My wonderful Lord, my wonderful Lord, By angels and seraphs in Heaven adore;

I know Thou art mine, my Savor divine, My Wonderful, wonderful Lord!

 

 

In His Amazing Grace,
Pastor David Miklas

 

 

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