Dear friends, as we celebrate this Christmas, I would like to share these few words that capture the true reason for this season. The Psalmist, in one of his prayers, said, “O Lord, what are mortals that you should notice us, mere humans that you should care for us? For we are like a breath of air; our days are like a passing shadow. [Yet] Bend down the heavens, Oh Lord, and come down.” (Psalm 144:3-5).
The Psalmist, after acknowledging the nothingness that is man, went on to ask God to bend down the heavens and come down; to come down and do something about helpless humanity; to come down and take care of these mere mortals that he had created. God did exactly as the Psalmist requested on Christmas Day; He bent down the heavens and came down unto earth as Emmanuel; God with us, in the person of Jesus Christ, that everyone who believes in Him, may be saved and have eternal life. This is why Christmas is like no other day. It is the day that God bent down to where you are at so that He could hear your prayers for deliverance, your prayers to be rescued from the dungeons of tribulation and adversity; your prayers to be healed and comforted; your prayers to be forgiven and made whole again.
Christmas, therefore, is a day we cry out with joy and shout praises and glory to the name of God, for bending low and reaching down to touch us, and to lift us up, mere mortals, with the power of his everlasting love; a day we lift up our hearts in gratitude to God for listening to the cries of the crushed and the brokenhearted, the oppressed and the marginalized, the hated and the ostracized, the voiceless and the speechless, the widow and the orphan, the abandoned and the forgotten, the bullied and the intimidated. No matter what your situation is, this Christmas is the day God has come down to visit you. This is the true reason for this season, and it is of utmost importance that we do not let anything overshadow this revelation.
Let us pray: Oh God our Father, as we celebrate the birth of Your Son, Jesus Christ, I praise you for bending the heavens and reaching down from on high to touch us mere mortals, with your everlasting love, so that we, who believe in your infinite majesty, may know your forgiveness and come to experience the true love that is Emmanuel, God with us, and by such grace, be delivered from all adversity and drawn into your marvelous light. Amen!