God’s First Christmas

With Christmas being a Christian celebration and me being a Christian, I would like to share some thoughts about the holiday. While we may know the facts of Christmas I dare say few of us have ever tried to imagine it from God’s perspective. Imagine with me. . .

While God watched,  a very pregnant Mary and her husband Joseph made the arduous journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. God had most likely begun counting the days, 12,045, that He was to be without His Son at his side.

God watched as they were rejected from the inn because there was no room and imagined the many people who would have no room for Jesus in their lives, rejecting Him long after his passage on this earth.

When He looked at the feeding trough where they lay the babe, I imagine all the Father could see was the cross looming above.

Instead of enjoying Mary’s relief at the birth, He could only see the tears she would shed at His death.

His heart broke at the sight of the shining star because all he could see were the children that would be slaughtered in Bethlehem by the wicked Herod.

While Mary and Joseph enjoyed worshiping shepherds, God could only see the lynch mob crying out “Crucify Him”.

While the sheep were grazing on the hill, His eyes were blinded by the Place of the Skull where his Son would hang between heaven and earth.

Why you might ask would God go through this grief and sorrow? There was another picture He had before Him. Us. He saw us. You and me. He saw the people on every continent and of every culture. No one excluded from His great love. We were ever before Him and that is how I imagine He could endure that first Christmas. His desire for relationship with His creation carried Him through this most heart-rending situation.

While many see the babe in the manger I see the Father and His great sacrifice for us. I cannot imagine what He endured seeing His son go to the cross. So while He saw everything that transpired that first Christmas, while the sacrifice was most likely foremost in His mind, He also saw us.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Thank you Father God for your great sacrifice.

Have a blessed Christmas.   Leslie Rose K

Encouraging body, soul and spirit.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Brenda on December 23, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Beautiful post Leslie. Just beautiful!

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  2. Posted by Kathe on January 5, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Thank you for this post, Leslie. It was extremely moving. That Jesus was a baby, a little boy growing up here on earth, really speaks to my heart, especially after having my own son. I can only imagine Mary’s grief at watching what her precious son had to endure for us, and your post reminds me that it was not only Mary that had to watch on, but God the Father. How He must have longed to just step in and stop the whole thing, but turned His back and allowed His son to be brutally beaten and crucified for us, sinners who don’t deserve it.

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