"Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11 ESV
Last week I was blessed with the opportunity to meet my friend's newborn girl. Weighing in at just over 6 pounds, Emilia's delicate frame fit snugly in my arms. As I sat there wondering over the precious miracle, I immediately thought of another baby born over 2,000 years ago. He was a miracle indeed, an incomprehensible one.
No matter how many degrees you have, how many times you've read the Bible or how many verses you've memorized, none of us can wrap our minds around the magnificent, awesome truth that God Himself came down as a baby to save His sinful people.
But how many people actually know this? If we were to ask nonbelievers, especially young adults, how they think God would manifest Himself on earth, how many of them do you think would say He would come as a baby?
Whether they believe in God, gods or nothing at all, the idea of an all-powerful God taking on the form of a baby sounds nonsensical. And it is! At least humanly speaking. But that's also what makes it so amazing. No one could or would have ever conceived such a thing, yet, it's the truth.
It's also humbling, invigorating and comforting. God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, the One who knows every star by name and the number of snowflakes that will fall this winter, came as a newborn babe, knowing the fate He faced three decades later.
Now, that, my friends, is a story to be shared! Yes, the tales of Rudolph, the Grinch and even Saint Nicholas are fun to share every year, but they pale in comparison to Jesus' story. And unlike our other Christmas tales, His actually happened and will literally change a person's life when heard.
So what should we do? Take advantage of this beautiful story about a wonderful Savior! This world is in desperate need of truth and hope, and we have the perfect answer for them. Many young adults and teenagers are reporting record numbers for depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns; what if you sharing the true Christmas story with them is what causes a turning point in their lives?
After all, there's nothing as indescribable, unimaginable or beautiful as Jesus' birth. It's something no one could ever dream up or fathom, but that's what makes it all the more wonderful.
So this Christmas, I invite you to share the Christmas story with a young adult you know. Don't just tell them about it where you do all the talking, but engage in a conversation with them. Read the story straight from God's Word and allow Him to work in their hearts. God promises us that His Word will never return void (Isaiah 55:11); let's put this promise into action and allow God to work in young people's hearts this Christmas through the retelling of His precious Son's miraculous, sacrificial birth.
English Standard Version Bible. (2001). Crossway Bibles.