Matt.2:4-7 – Now Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was betrothed to him, and was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
There is something about Christmas, the darkness of the moment, and the Light of the World penetrating that darkness. Apparently Christ was born close to the darkest moment of the year, the shortest day, signifying the fullness of time. The Apostle Paul said that Christ came “in the fullness of time, born of a woman”. The birth of Christ has been the beacon of light shining through the centuries these last two thousand years. Today, the darkness again is attempting to cloak or shut out the light of Christ, impossible. His glory will again break through the darkness of this age to show forth the glory of the Lord. Each Christmas I return to the Christmas poems of John Wright Follett. I find strength and light in his words. Enjoy ‘God’s Hour’, one of his Christmas poems.
O Holy night, borne to us on the wings of time,
From out the dark recesses of eternity,
God’s hour, the promise of eternal life and light,
A gleaming jewel rests within thy dark embrace.
O holy hour, the miracle of God is thine,
He clothes Himself with human form and comes to us.
The bud of promise which Jehovah God once spoke
Breaks into bloom and sheds its fragrance o’er the earth.
Tonight the Rose of Sharon rests upon the breast
Of Mary as she holds the little Christ Child close.
God’s hour of promise has not passed but still is ours.
The night is dark, deep shadows clothe the hearts of men,
But still within the manger rude, the glory shines.
O hasten with me, then, and gather at His feet.
This is the hour for which our hungry hearts were made,
We need its light, its mystery and fragrance sweet.
This is God’s hour, a jewel gleaming in the dark,
God bless the Christmas night! God bless the Christmas hour!
So maybe your world is being shadowed with the spirit of this world. Look to the birth of Christ, the Light of the World to dispel the darkness once again.