Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem
(Luke 2:6-14) While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on
whom his favor rests.”
You hear a lot of talk about the Magic of Christmas at this time of year. Webster’s definition of magic includes the term “supernatural”. Christmas is definitely supernatural. In Luke chapter 2, we read about the birth of Jesus and those who are involved in this one-time event. Think of it, a virgin gives birth, angels appear and give glory to God, and the Savior of the world is an apparently helpless child lying in a manger. This is real magic; not a slight of hand or an illusion, but God’s kind of magic for it is supernatural.
In our everyday natural lives, we at times experience God’s supernatural intervention. Someone receives salvation, unexpected generosity, supernatural healing, answered pray, or God’s unforeseen provision. At Christmas time, we tend to expect these “miracles”. Of course, God is always at work in our lives, but there is something magical about Christmas.
What could be more magical than the coming of God’s son to save us from our sins? God’s way of doing this is supernatural, miraculous, and magical. Perhaps Christmas magic is rooted in our hearts because the miracle of salvation has come.
I pray that you have a happy and content Christmas celebration, and that the magic of Christmas will be with you throughout the New Year.