What is it?
1 Peter 1:8-9 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
In my growing-up family, there weren’t always many things under the tree before Christmas morning. Part of it was that we didn’t have a whole lot. The rest was the fact that my mom shared my proclivity for late-Christmas-Eve wrapping frenzies. What WAS there, though, was always able to be shaken and asked about: What is it? Who’s it from? Tell me – PLEASE?!?! And, unfailingly, I already loved and “belonged” to my presents before I even saw them unwrapped.
I feel the same way now, about the mystery of Christmas and the coming of that special baby to this earth. I look at artists’ pictures of that night in Bethlehem, and I wonder, “What was it really like that day? What does it mean for me now? Tell me, God – PLEASE?!?!” Even when I don’t know all the answers, I already love and cling to that sweet gift in the manger that was meant for me.
And I feel the same way when I talk to children about following that grown up, crucified Jesus. I say, “You can’t see Him or touch Him, but He is there, already loving you. I don’t understand how God does what God does – and I don’t have to. Because if I did, I wouldn’t need God or Jesus anymore.” All I know is, I love Him. And He loves me. And, boy, is there JOY in that!
My prayer for you this day, this season – this life – is that you will come to know the mystery and joy that were wrapped up and laying in that manger. That mysterious gift of joy has YOUR name on it, and is just waiting for you to open your heart to it.