NATIVITIES

12-15-17 We are ten days away from Christmas 2017 and about a week away from Christmas activities beginning. I feel like it will be a mad dash to the finish line; and I don’t like the feeling. I still feel a need for “quiet time” although I have had times already to think.

Our Christmas decorations and scenes depict the Holy Family in a stable with Baby Jesus lying in a feed trough for animals. Angels celebrated His birth and relayed the Good News to shepherds in the field; we also see the star and the Magi. Other things in our Christmas vision include decorated trees, gifts, candles, wreaths, and food- lots of food.

We normally don’t include the following description of Baby Jesus in our Christmas thoughts:

“I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone ‘like a son of man’ dressed in a robe reaching down to His feet and with a golden sash around His chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In His right hand he held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw Him I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!’” [Rev 1: 12-18]

The statement ‘like a son of man’ is a repeat of Daniel’s vision found in Daniel 7: 13-14.

‘In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

I can no longer look at the Baby in a manger without the above image immediately following. “On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” [Rev 19: 16] And this final image: “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” [Rev 7: 17]

Our nativities show a man, a young woman, a baby, some animals and shepherds. But there’s a lot more going on than what we see.

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