Luke 1:35 New International Version (NIV)
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God.”
What a stunning thought that on a quiet night in Bethlehem the message delivered to Mary by the angel Gabriel would be fulfilled. I am overwhelmed with awe and wonder when I try to contemplate a God who can hold the universe in His hands choosing to humble Himself and take on the form of man. In her advent book Ann Voskamp says it beautifully, “The Son-King, Jesus, who laid out the paths for all the stars, chose to fold himself up small and lie in the space of Mary.”
One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Silent Night”. I especially love the verse that says,
“Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth”.
The gift of Jesus is the expression of God’s pure love. Oh that this realization may fill our hearts in such a way that we must lift up our voices and share. There is no greater gift than the Son of God!
Submitted by Suzanne Benton