Jn.1 :1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The story of Christmas never gets old to me. Angelic visitations, supernatural dreams. Ancient prophecies; these are the things when left out leave our hearts empty. One of those stories is Mary’s visitation. Probably just an ordinary day when it became anything but ordinary. An angel came to visit her. Not just any angel, mind you, it was Gabriel himself; fresh from the presence of the Lord. Gabriel came with a message about a supernatural pregnancy and birth, the messianic prophecies fulfilled, and the most shocking thing of all; Mary would give birth to the very Son of God. Nine months later the angels showed up again singing over the shepherds. This time they were announcing the birth of the One who would be the Savior of the world. These are the stories that make our lives come alive.
The greatest part of this story is right there in the message of the angels to the shepherds. They said, “today, in the city of David, is born for you a Savior who is Christ the Lord”. Thats it, a Savior, this supernatural birth was about saving us from our sins. Here are some thoughts from Augustine on this amazing miracle birth.
“We were mortals. We were weighed down by our sins. Our sufferings we carted after us. From the moment we were born, we’ve been nagged by misery. No need to consult the School of Prophets on this account. Just put the question to the newborn, and you’ll see. Babies cry right from the start.
So this is the comedown God experienced when He came down to earth, and this is the comeuppance the earth experienced when the Day of days did finally arrive. “Truth has sprung from the earth.”….What’s the conclusion?
We should let mercy enter our hearts.
A mother carried Him in her womb—may we carry Him in our hearts.
The Virgin was made heavy with the Incarnation—may our breasts grow heavy with the faith of Christ.
The Virgin gave birth to the Savior—may our soul bring forth salvation, may it produce praise.”
That’s it in a nutshell, the whole point of the angels, dreams, and prophetic words was salvation. We are sinners in need of a Savior and that’s why Christ came. The Creator took on a body like the rest of His creation. From this amazing act of humility we become carriers of this amazing Lord.