12 Days of Christmas Devotions: Day Ten
This Christmas FiG is helping you to keep yourself focused upon Christ in this busy season where we celebrate our Saviour's birth. The tenth day is brought to you by Peter Reynolds, retired Pastor in Auckland.
Matthew 1:18-25 "18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus."
In Matthew chapter one we have a truly miraculous birth, a virgin birth, a birth only God could make happen. Just as God’s Holy Spirit hovered over the darkness in Genesis One and the light came, so that same Holy Spirit hovered over the darkness of Mary’s womb and the Light of Life burst forth (2 Cor 4:6). It was a light for our darkness, to light the way for our salvation, to light the way to the forgiveness of our sins (v.21), to light the way to Immanuel – God with us (v.23), to light the way, just like that star in the east lit the way for those who came to worship. That star will take us to his birth and his birth will take us to his death. This same Holy Spirit was there at Calvary hovering over the darkness of that dreadful cross, over the darkness of that tomb of blood and death, and from that accursed darkness the eternal Light burst forth, Jesus Christ resurrected and alive for evermore. The virgin’s Son our Saviour born to save us from our sins. But his birth was not the last miracle birth. We too have experienced a miraculous birth, an impossible birth, a new birth from the darkness of our sin, condemnation and death. Our birth could only have come about through the direct intervention of God’s Holy Spirit. His Holy Spirit came upon us and hovered over the darkness of our hearts, and so the light burst forth in our hearts and we were born again as we trusted Jesus for our salvation, forgiveness and cleansing. Without his miracle birth there could be no miracle birth for us. This is our joy and rejoicing as we celebrate together God’s miracle births.