And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.-Luke 2:7
This world leaves little room for miracles. Many will tell you “anything that shatters the laws of science is dogmatically impossible”. Therefore, we live in a world that is typically skeptic of healings and supernatural blessings. Skepticism and Scientific Proof are living in penthouse suites and mansions; while Faith and her daughter Miracle are on the street begging for someone to believe. Because there was no room in the inn, the miraculous Messiah was placed in a meager manger. However isn’t that when miracles happen? They happen when you least expect it. When there is no room for faith or hope they squeeze in between doubt, fear, and apathy. Miracles break the rules of our earthly wisdom. What earthly wisdom would predict a Messiah in a manger?
Who would prophesy that those tiny feet would walk on water? Who would believe that those chubby baby fingers would open the eyes of the blind and cleanse the leper? More importantly, who would expect that this newborn baby would die in the gruesome manner He suffered? Simultaneously viewing the manger in Bethlehem and the cross of Golgotha magnifies the miraculous spirit of Christmas. This view puts miracle and sacrifice side by side. Why is this important? God so loved the world he gave his only begotten Son so that we may not perish. Jesus died on the cross to be the sacrificial lamb for our sins and He rose to keep us saved eternally. God sacrificed to be our miracle. For those who believe, God sacrificed a Miracle of salvation. God gave Jesus Christ. There is no way we can repay Him. We cannot equally exchange anything that is comparable. Even with our finite lives and limited time, we shall fall short to the Glory that God has given us through His Son. God sacrificed to be our Miracle!
Through this season, do not forget that Miracle in a manger. Do not forget this is a season of sacrificial love; not merely monetary or material exchange. Ask yourself “Am I willing to let my sacrifice be somebody’s miracle?” Hopefully, you will answer yes. What if Jesus said “Give Cameron what he deserves! He has blatantly sinned and no longer loves his Creator! There is no way I will leave this throne to be thrown in a manger and later hung on a cross for him!” Instead, Jesus responded with love. He endured the greatest hardship for me. While He was in the manger His Angels rejoiced yet while he was on the cross His angels begged to intercede. Jesus said no. He suffered it to be finished in complete love. Will you do the same for your brothers and sisters in distress? Can you sacrifice a stocking stuffer to be a life saver? Let the love of Christ project through your actions. Start with this Christmas season and bless someone who really needs it. However, do not make this spirit of sacrifice seasonal; make it continuous. Every day, God shines His grace and mercy over our lives. Therefore, we must let our light shine before men, that they may see our good works, and Glorify our Father which is in Heaven (Matt 5:16). Be a blessing. Sacrifice. Be a miracle.