“Seeing [the Savior] was believing.” Luke 2:17
I wonder at God’s master plan to bring the Savior into the world through a common, young woman engaged to a carpenter. Unlike celebrities who flaunt their lives in front of a camera to seek fame and fortune, Mary went about her pregnancy quietly, working through the adversaries of being an unwed mother while carrying the Secret to full term.
God continued the drama of the birth of Jesus when he staged the arrival of the Messiah in a stable surrounded by animals. Joseph borrowed a manger from the animals to place the special baby. Then, instead of sending birth announcements to high priests or other people of affluence or influence, God used an angel to tell shepherds—the most humble of workers—to go and see the baby.
Perhaps the shepherds could experience the news of the Messiah’s birth without bias or fear and were able to express their joy in seeing the child.
Dear Lord, help me as I worship this Christmas Eve to see The Baby with fresh eyes, and give me an eager heart to go and tell others of God’s gift of love, peace, and joy. Amen.